UnitedLinux Certification Coming 2003

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LPI and UnitedLinux Unite to Deliver New Certification

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) has joined with UnitedLinux, an
industry initiative that streamlines Linux development around a uniform
distribution, to market and deliver a UnitedLinux professional
certification program.

 

 

“Three of the four members of UnitedLinux were charter sponsors of LPI
from its very beginning,” said Evan Leibovitch, LPI’s president.
“Caldera, which is now SCO, SuSE and Turbolinux were all charter
sponsors at the highest level for LPI right at the beginning when we
started out. Working together with UnitedLinux solidifies the fact that
these companies have determined that rather than create their own
certification programs from scratch, they prefer the idea of working
within a community framework and working together with LPI to do an
industry-wide standard certification as opposed to repeating the
problems of the UNIX days, where every company did its own certification
and its own UNIX and its own everything. The Linux world has learned
from those mistakes, so you have companies that would rather participate
in a  community project that’s sustainable and respectable as opposed to
everybody going out and rolling out their own.”

 

 

LPI and UnitedLinux will work together to design new exams specific to
UnitedLinux. When these exams are passed along with the existing LPI
Level 1 and Level 2 exams, candidates will be able to earn two new
UnitedLinux certifications. UnitedLinux is a partnership of Linux
companies, including Connectiva, The SCO Group, SuSE Linux AG and
Turbolinux Inc., that are working together to create a uniform Linux
distribution designed for business. UnitedLinux Version 1.0 was released
in November 2002, and this version powers products sold by the four
companies. Each company adds its own features and services.

 

 

According to Leibovitch, the momentum of LPI certification has been
building steadily and will continue to grow. “We gave our first exam in
the year 2000. Last year in April, we did our 10,000th exam. And last
year in December, we did our 20,000th,” he said.

 

 

The new UnitedLinux exams will be available sometime in the first
quarter of 2003. LPI’s existing Level 1 program consists of exams #101
and #102. With the addition of exam #103, which will be UnitedLinux-
specific, candidates will be able to earn the UnitedLinux Certified
Professional (ULCP) certification. The Level 2 program, which currently
includes exams #201 and #202, will be expanded with the #203
UnitedLinux-specific exam, which will lead to UnitedLinux Certified
Expert (UCLE) certification.

 

 

LPI’s vendor-neutral certification exams are available at both VUE and
Prometric testing centers, as well as at various industry events, where
certificants can often take exams for free. LPI certification never
expires, and Leibovitch believes this sets LPI apart from many
certifications in the industry.

 

 

“You’ll never find a university saying, ‘Well you got your computer
science degree on mainframes; get it again on PCs or we’re taking our
degree back,'” said Leibovitch. “Since that’s not happening, why should
you ever come to a situation where yesterday you were certified and
today you are not simply because you’re not upgrading your software?”

 

 

For more information, go to http://www.lpi.org.

 

 

BEA Grows Its Developer Base
BEA Systems Inc., an application infrastructure software company, has
grown its developer base by 40 percent. Thousands of developers join BEA
dev2dev, a program that provides training resources, technical events
and community programs, on a monthly basis.

 

 

Scott Fallon, vice president of developer relations for BEA Systems,
attributes this growth to BEA’s commitment to helping developers succeed
and providing access to Java development.

 

 

BEA dev2dev was launched in February 2002, and since then it has
expanded to include new offerings such as the global BEA dev2dev Days
Education tour, the dev2dev user Group Program, the dev2dev University
Program and a membership program. The dev2dev programs are designed to
help developers increase productivity on the BEA WebLogic Enterprise
Platform. BEA dev2dev incorporates input from developers around the
world to help keep its offerings up-to-date.

 

 

The BEA dev2dev Days Program is a series of one-day developer education
events, where presenters provide a real-world enterprise development
scenario. More than 3,000 people attended each event that took place in
Fall 2002, and more events are planned.

 

 

The dev2dev User Group program offers regional forums where developers
can learn about new technologies and share their knowledge with other
users. More than 17 new user groups have been formed in the United
States in the past six months.

 

 

The dev2dev University Program helps college instructors integrate BEA
technologies into their courseware. More than 140 universities worldwide
are participating in the program, training future developers on J2EE,
enterprise development fundamentals and the BEA WebLogic Enterprise
Platform.

 

 

BEA’s dev2dev Membership Program provides members of the BEA development
community with perks and incentives. There are more than 13,000 members
who can receive discounts on training in addition to books and
publications.

 

 

For more information on BEA’s dev2dev programs, see
http://dev2dev.bea.com.

 

 

ACLU: Big Brother Is Coming Soon
Have you been wondering what the technology jobs of tomorrow will look
like? According to the ACLU, you could be working for Big Brother.

 


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