Ubuntu Linux Courts Business with Certification Test

The popular community Linux distribution positions itself for enterprise use with a new certification program. (Linux-Watch)

Ubuntu, one of the most popular community Linux distributions, is continuing its march toward becoming a more business-friendly distribution.

In its latest move, Canonical Ltd., Ubuntus sponsor, and the LPI (Linux Professional Institute), the backers of the popular LPIC-1 and LPIC-2 Linux certifications, jointly announced the development of a certification for the Ubuntu distribution: the Ubuntu Certified Professional.

This certification exam will enable qualified candidates to demonstrate specific expertise in the professional use of Ubuntu.

The first Ubuntu certification exam will be launched in Johannesburg, South Africa, May 16 - 19, 2006.

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"We have long considered LPIC-1 to be the entry-level professional certification for all Linux distributions," said Jim Lacey, the LPIs president and CEO.

"This collaborative initiative with Ubuntu clearly demonstrates how Linux software developers can leverage our existing distribution-neutral program to create professional certification programs for their own software packages," said Lacey.

This is the first time that the LPI has released a certification that has been tied to a specific distribution.

Other Linux distributors, such as Red Hat and Novell, recognize the LPI certifications, but have their own certifications.

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