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LPI supports Software Freedom Day in Kenya with Linux Essentials

From:  Scott Lamberton <>
Subject:  [LPI] [LPI-News] Linux Professional Institute supports Software Freedom Day in Kenya with Linux Essentials
Date:  Tue, 21 Aug 2012 11:59:57 -0400
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LPI supports Software Freedom Day in Kenya with Linux Essentials

(Sacramento, CA, USA: August 21, 2012) The Linux Professional Institute
(LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization
( and its affiliate, LPI-East Africa
( will host a "Linux Essentials" exam lab
during Software Freedom Day (SFD: September 1, 2012) at Strathmore
University, Nairobi, Kenya. LPI-East Africa is also co-sponsoring an
"Open Source Developer Challenge" during the event with the Linux
Professional Association of Kenya (

"Our affiliates and other Open Source organizations around the world
have enthusiastically embraced our Linux Essentials Program as an
important public education resource for the advancement of Linux and
Open Source Software.  LPI applauds our affiliate, LPI-East Africa, in
bringing this program to Kenya and, in particular, to Software Freedom
Day--a globally-recognized and long-established public advocacy event
for Free and Open Source Software," said Jim Lacey, president and CEO of

The Linux Essentials' program and its' corresponding "Certificate of
Achievement" defines the basic knowledge required to competently use a
desktop or mobile device using a Linux Operating System. For more
information on Linux Essentials see:

The Linux Essentials' exam lab will be during SFD at 2 p.m., Saturday,
September 1st at Strathmore University, Nairobi. The Linux Essentials'
exam will cost approximately US $65 or KSh 5,500.  In order to take the
exam, candidates must register for an LPI ID at:

Prior to SFD, LPI-East Africa will also host a 4-day workshop on Linux
Essentials to assist exam candidates to prepare for the exam. Training
workshop fees will include a free training manual and the cost of the
Linux Essentials' exam. Further information and registration for both
the exam lab and training workshop can be found at:

The "Open Source Developers Challenge" on August 31st is targeted at
students who are developing software applications and solutions using
Open Source tools. Students will present their projects to a conference
audience, where a panel of judges will evaluate and rank the projects
according to set criteria. The challenge is open to students in all
universities and tertiary training institutions where they are studying
Computer Science and other related courses. Challenge winners will
receive such prizes as laptops, smart phones, LPI exam vouchers and
LPIC-1 training manuals.  For more information on the "Open Source
Developers Challenge" see:

Long time LPI supporter and Open Source advocate Jon "maddog" Hall will
deliver the SFD keynote at Strathmore University. Other distinguished
guests at SFD will include senior leaders in government, academia and
members of the local business community.

The Linux Professional Institute is globally supported by the IT
industry, enterprise customers, community professionals, government
entities and the educational community. LPI's certification program is
supported by an affiliate network spanning five continents and is
distributed worldwide in multiple languages at more than 5,000 testing
locations. Since 1999, LPI has delivered over 300,000 exams and 100,000
LPIC certifications around the world.

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About the Linux Professional Institute:

The Linux Professional Institute provides a global framework, industry
leadership and other services to enhance, develop and further lifelong
professional careers in Linux and Open Source technologies. Established
as an international non-profit organization in September 1999 by the
Linux community, the Linux Professional Institute continues to
demonstrate recognized global leadership, direction and skill standards
for those who pursue a career in Linux and Open Source technology. LPI
advances the Linux and Open Source movement through strategic partners,
sponsorships, innovative programs and community development activities.
LPI's major financial sponsors are Platinum Sponsors IBM, Linux Journal,
Linux Magazine, Novell, SGI, and TurboLinux as well as Gold Sponsors, HP
and IDG.

Media Contact(s):

Evans Ikua, Chairman
Linux Professional Association of Kenya
Cell: +254-722-955831,,

Scott Lamberton
Director of Communications
Linux Professional Institute
Linux Professional Institute
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