Showing posts with label lpi. Show all posts
Showing posts with label lpi. Show all posts

Thursday, 20 March 2014

How LPI certifications can be your key to success


Entering the world of Linux engineering can be quite challenging even for the most committed individual. Add this to this year’s Linux Jobs report, according to which 90% of employers find the recruitment of Linux professionals as either “somewhat difficult” or “very difficult” (an increase on last years’ results), and it becomes clear that a new approach is needed. The importance of raining has to receive more recognition.

Linux experts of UKFast on LPI qualifications

UKFast, founded in 1999, is a business-to-business (b2b) hosting provider, currently looking after 250,000 e-commerce websites. Linux plays a key role in service delivery and technical support at UKFast; therefore it is essential that the company has well trained engineers.

Although LPI Certifications won’t make you a system administrator (sysadmin) overnight, they do provide you with a range of massive advantages in the workplace. One key benefit of the LPICs is standardisation. The training provides the basics which will enable you to approach other systems with the confidence that you will be able to work out ways around the different deviations on your own.

What the LPI qualifications give you

The LPI qualification is a great way of initialising and developing your knowledge.

LPIC1 - provides you with the basic knowledge and skills common across all distributions of Linux, such as system architecture, administrative tasks and GNU and UNIX commands.

LPIC2 - builds on this and covers advanced skills for your role as a Linux Professional. To pass this level and obtain your certification, you are required to be able to administer a small to medium sized site.

LPIC3 - is designed for ‘Enterprise’ level engineers as it introduces specialised areas of expertise such as mixed environments and security.

Firebrand is an LPI Approved Training Partner

As a leading hosting company, UKFast receives a lot of CVs and applications from engineers who have taught themselves the LPIC essentials by using books or watching training videos online. This dedication shows that you’re dealing with a motivated individual, which is the key to success.

However, self-study is not an option for everyone, as the process can be very long and often hard to manage. If you’re committed to getting your LPI certification, visit Firebrand’s LPI page and pick the one best suits your needs.

For more information on LPI certifications and an interview with Bill Quinn, CEO of LPI UK & Ireland, read Going Pro with Linux.  

About the Author:       
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Guest Post: “Making Money With Open Source” - Bill Quinn

About the Author: Bill Quinn is CEO at LPI UK & Ireland promoting Linux Certification. 

LPI UK were honoured to have the time of maddog for a far too short a visit to the UK. maddog had managed to alter his schedule to facilitate two days in the UK on a return from CeBIT (the world's largest computer and telephony show, held in Hannover, Germany every year).

The theme for the trip was “Making Money with Open Source” delivered to Academia – students, the next generation. Whilst the focus of the trip was what you can do with Open Source, how people have successful businesses with Open Source and the flexibility that there is with Open Source it is particularly timely with the demand for highly qualified IT people. It is estimated that by 2015 there will be 300,000 jobs in Europe in IT that can not be filled because the skills are not there. 90% of hiring managers say it is hard to find Linux pros. 93% of employers plan to hire a Linux pro in the next six months.

Stop one was University of Cambridge, known for their work on XEN virtualization, and more recently for the development of the Raspberry Pi. The afternoon consisted of maddog, David Rusling, CTO of Linaro and Heidi Howard of Signposts.

Linaro is the place where engineers from the world's leading technology companies define the future of Linux on ARM. The company is a not-for-profit engineering organization with over 120 engineers working on consolidating and optimizing open source software for the ARM architecture.

Signposts is a concept to replace the concept of logging into a central server to make the connection between two clients behind NAT routers, among other things.

maddog gave a brief History of himself, and the people he had met which then flowed into examples of how you can make money with Open Source. The talk articulated the benefits of Openness.

Tuesday was a busy day – 3 stops in 3 different locations. Stop one was with The Open University to be interviewed by Andrew Smith (Lecturer Department of Communication and Systems Faculty of Maths, Computing and Technology).  Andrew had brought a series of questions from his students about Linux, Open Source and Opportunities. The answers will be edited into a podcast.

Next stop was Barnfield College. The first thing you see as you enter the College is the computer suites, or should these be computing, voice  and networking suites given the amount of Cisco, IP Phones and Computers? Barnfield have been championing Linux in education for some time, with many of the students working on extra curricular activities relating to Open Source. It was announced that week that Barnfield student Nehmaan Ahmed is part of the UK team for WorldSkills in Leipzig. WorldSkills is akin to a world championship in various vocational fields – Nehmaan is representing the UK in the “IT Network Systems Administration” category.

The international competition lasts for four days, with four hours and forty-five minutes of competition time per day. The competitors will be tested on the skills in the following domains:  Cisco Routing and Switching,  Cisco Wireless, Cisco Voice over IP, Cisco Security (the ASA firewall), Linux (including Apache2, Samba, RADIUS, iptables, Postfix, BIND9, Nagios, Cacti and lots more), Microsoft Windows 7 & Server 2008R2. There will be thirty countries competing in Germany in July.

maddog at Redhat
Next was the final stop of Birmingham City University where the Faculty of Technology, Engineering & the Environment facilitated a talk with maddog and Phil Andrews, VP Northern and Eastern Europe for Red Hat. Even though maddog and Phil Andrews hadn’t discussed before their talks, the two talks complemented each other very well. Red Hat focused on the Enterprise – how the Enterprise needed a stable and supported version of Open Source which is what Red Hat brings through its subscription model. maddog focused on the technical person who wanted to start a business. maddog is a fantastic speaker who brought real life examples to the talk. One example was the company in Brazil who needed GIS software to explore the Amazon. The cost was $ 500,000 a licence and they needed 9 licences. What broke the deal though was that the Brazilian company needed the software in Portuguese. The software company advised that it was not in their best interest to deliver a version in Portuguese. Subsequently the Brazilian company contracted with a local Open Source developer who delivered what they needed, in a shorter timeframe and for a cost of $ 350,000. The cost was not the primary issue, it was the fact that they could see the code and develop it how they needed it – in this case local language.

LPI UK would like to thank maddog for an incredibly informative and interesting couple of days, at the same time extending gratitude to the speakers, the facilitators and the people who came to listen.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Linux - the most in demand talent in 2012

The Linux Jobs Report revealed, that out of the 2,300 surveyed, eight in ten said that hiring a Linux talent is a priority in 2012. Over 50% of the firms had also said that they planned on increasing the number of people who are Linux skilled.

Linux CertificationThe majority of the companies were looking for professionals skilled in Linux, with three to five years’ experience.

A massive 67% revealed that they’re looking for Linux Developers, while 55% are looking for Linux system administrators.

The average salary rise in the industry was only 2%, but Linux professionals “saw a five per cent increase, in their pay” according to the report. This shows the edge they have over others in the industry.

But despite being in demand, companies still face a challenge. Linux professionals are in the few and finding one is very hard.

“85 per cent say finding Linux talent is somewhat to very difficult, making Linux professionals some of the most sought after talent in 2012.”

There are two main certifications in Linux: Linux+ Powered by LPI Level 1 and LPI Level 2.

The LPI Level 1 course provides the basic hardware, software, and networking skills needed to function in an entry-level Linux role. The course covers all the major Linux distributions (Red Hat, Caldera, SuSE, Debian, TurboLinux, Slackware, etc.).

The LPI level 2 certification program is designed for IT professionals who administer a small to medium-sized site. It provides the necessary knowledge to plan, implement, maintain, secure and troubleshoot a small mixed (MS, Linux) network. Including a LAN server (samba), internet gateway (firewall, proxy, mail, news), or internet server (webserver, FTP server).

Friday, 11 May 2012

LPI certification update

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) is revising its LPIC-1 and LPIC-2 certification exam objectives and updating its exam questions.

"LPI's certification program is continually monitored for technical currency as it relates to job tasks in the IT industry.  To ensure exam quality and industry relevance this requires that LPI regularly revise and update our exam objectives. Although the revisions being introduced in the coming months are relatively minor they reflect the input of hundreds of Linux professionals around the globe who demand the highest standard of IT professionalism from our certification program.  It is this community feedback which makes LPI's program the world's most sought after and industry-recognized professional Linux certification," said Jim Lacey, president and CEO of the Linux Professional Institute.

New versions of LPI-101 and LPI-102 exams for LPIC-1 will be published on July 2, 2012, while LPI-201 and LPI-202 exams for LPIC-2 will be published on August 1, 2012.
Addenda outlining these objective changes, revised objectives, and links to LPI's exam development process can be found at:

The updated LPIC-1 and LPIC-2 objectives can be found at:

Friday, 30 March 2012

LPI announces “Linux Essentials” certification

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) announced “Linux Essentials”, an innovative new credential measuring foundation knowledge in Linux and Open Source Software.

"Linux is ubiquitous and plays a significant role in the server room, on our phones and tablets, cash registers and, of course, embedded devices everywhere.  Linux is in the enterprise, in movie studios, government, academia and throughout industry around the world.  We at LPI, with the help of our partner channel, are going to take it to the last frontier--the classroom.  LPI is at the forefront of creating the first generation of Linux professionals, and now with our "Linux Essentials" program we're going to create the first global generation of "users" who are as comfortable with Linux as they are with any other operating system," said Jim Lacey, president and CEO of LPI. 

The “Linux Essentials” credential has been under development by LPI for approximately two years and includes the participation of qualification authorities, academic partners, private trainers, publishers, government organizations, volunteer IT professionals and Linux and Open Source experts. The "Linux Essentials" exam leads to a "Certificate of Achievement" recognizing knowledge of the subject matter. The certification is valid for 10 years.

The “Linux Essentials” exam will be available in June 2012 in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and in other nations around the world in 2013.

A full description of “Linux Essentials” is available at:

Current Linux courses offered are: