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Linux Professional Institute Affiliate for Western Balkans Region Adds New Albania Sub-Affiliate

 

(Thessaloniki, Greece - Tirana, Albania: March 4, 2014) The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization, announced that its Master Affiliate for the Western Balkans Region LPI-Greece (http://www.lpi.org.gr/) recently appointed Open Labs (http://www.openlabs.cc) as the LPI Sub-Affiliate Albania. Open Labs, is a non-profit association that currently organizes most of the Free Software / Open Source Software activity in Albania. They provide seminars, courses and learning workshops on GNU/Linux and open hardware technologies.

 

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Linux Professional Institute Affiliate for Western Balkans Region Adds New Kosovo Sub-Affiliate

(Thessaloniki, Greece - Pristina, Kosovo: February 18, 2014) The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization, announced that its Master Affiliate for the Western Balkans Region LPI-Greece (http://www.lpi.org.gr/) recently appointed CACTTUS Sh.a. (http://www.cacttus.com) as the LPI Sub-Affiliate Kosovo. CACTTUS Sh.a., one of the leading Kosovar companies in the field of ICT services and solutions, offers educational programs within the Free Software / Open Source Software industry.

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LPI announces HP Hellas as a Training Partner

Sacramento, CA, USA - Athens, Greece: July 23, 2013) The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization, announced that its affiliate, LPI-Greece (http://www.lpi.org.gr/) recently signed HP Hellas (http://www8.hp.com/gr/el/home.html) as an LPI Approved Training Partner in Greece. HP Hellas is a subsidiary of HP in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

"LPI has a long history of working with HP worldwide, most notably in our Linux certification programs as an accepted requisite within some of their server certifications for IT professionals. This new initiative with HP Hellas is indicative both of the rapid growth of an HP subsidiary and the growing importance of Linux training and certification in Greece," said Jim Lacey, president and CEO of LPI.

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For more information on LPI's Approved Training Partner program:

http://www.lpi.org/partnerships/training-partners

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LPI Hosts Exam Lab at openSUSE 2013 Conference

(Sacramento, CA, USA - Thessaloniki, Greece: July 3, 2013) - The Linux Professional Institute (LPI: http://www.lpi.org), the world's premier Linux certification organization, announced promotional exam labs for their Linux Professional Institute Certification (LPIC) at openSUSE 2013 Conference in Thessaloniki, Greece (http://conference.opensuse.org/) on July 20, 2013.

osc13 logo"LPI works with a number of Linux distributions including openSUSE. As LPI's exam development process relies on the support of dedicated volunteers from the Linux and Open Source community we also appreciate the importance of volunteer efforts to the development of openSUSE. We are pleased to be part of this community initiative with openSUSE and to be a certification provider for their openSUSE conference," said Jim Lacey, president and CEO of LPI.

The LPI exam lab at the openSUSE Conference in Thessaloniki, Greece will take place on Saturday, July 20, 2013. For more information on the LPI exam lab at openSUSE 2013 see the following:

http://conference.opensuse.org/#LPI

http://news.opensuse.org/2013/07/02/the-certification-value-and-the-lpic-1-suse-certified-linux-administrator-connection/

“LPI certification is an industry standard and we are proud to partner and work with LPI. We are thrilled to see LPI collaborate with the openSUSE community to offer training and certification at the openSUSE Conference 2013 in Thessaloniki, Greece during 18-22 July” said Vincent Untz, on behalf of the openSUSE Board of Directors.

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The first LPIC-3 certified in Greece!

icon-lpic3LPI Greece, is very pleased to have the first ever LPIC-3 certified admistrator in Greece, Nikola Sandic. Nikola who took his LPI 301 exam at Fosscomm 2013 is a freelance systems administrator who lives in Athens. We asked him for a small interview as a feedback for his LPIC experience and thoughts on Open Source professionalism in general.

 

Nikola, share some facts about your professional skills and work.

 

Hello! I am a seasoned IT professional with very broad skills, acquired through various different jobs and freelance work in several countries.  I've found myself more and more drawn toward administration of Linux based systems that are starting to dominate the business landscape of the modern world, so my career will probably be moving more in that direction. The biggest obstacle to further Linux proliferation is still a relatively small number of skilled professionals familiar with it.

 

What was the basic need that led you to start getting certified?

 

Current economic conditions. In the old days, it was enough to show previous work experience and genuine desire to work hard and improve to get yourself hired. Today, that is no longer the case, you need all the competitive advantage you can get. And things will probably get harder going forward.

Also, I'm mostly a self-taught man. I often jokingly say that in today's world even my grandma could become a good sysadmin. There is no longer some secret guild knowledge unobtainable to outsiders, all information is free and available somewhere on the web. All it takes is hard work, passion and dedication and you can achieve anything you set your mind to. I've learned to play a musical instrument using nothing but internet. I'm currently learning one more foreign language using nothing but internet. So, it is a good thing to have a credible organization, such as LPI, to confirm that you indeed possess the knowledge that you acquired.

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