The Open Source Initiative Announces Linux Professional Institute Affiliate Membership

Leading vendor-independent Linux certification organization extends commitment to furthering the adoption of Linux and Open Source.

July 22, 2015 – PALO ALTO, Calif. — The Open Source Initiative® (OSI), recognized globally for promoting and protecting open source software and development communities, announced today the affiliate membership of The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), a non-profit organization dedicated to vendor-neutral Linux certification and workforce development for Linux, open source and IT professionals.

The OSI Affiliate Member Program, available at no-cost, allows non-profit and not-for-profit organizations—unequivocally independent groups with a clear commitment to open source—to join and support the OSI’s mission to raise awareness and adoption of open source software and to build bridges among different constituencies in the open source community.

“We’re thrilled that the Open Source Initiative has accepted the Linux Professional Institute as an affiliate member. For the last 15+ years at LPI, we’ve been committed to helping open source professionals develop their skills in Linux to help advance their careers and seize new opportunities,” said Jim Lacey, CEO, Linux Professional Institute, “Together with OSI, we can further our shared mission, to help grow awareness of and further the adoption of open source technologies around the world.”

Affiliate members participate directly in the direction and development of the OSI through Board of Director elections as well as incubator projects and working groups that support the open source movement. OSI membership provides a forum where some of the world’s most successful open source software leaders, projects and communities engage through member-driven initiatives to, not only raise awareness and adoption of open source software, but also extend and improve their own open source efforts through co-creation, collaboration and community.

“I’m struck by the absolute alignment in both the LPI’s mission, ‘to enhance, develop and further lifelong professional careers in Linux and open source technologies’ and the OSI’s mandate ‘to raise awareness and adoption of open source,” offered OSI General Manager, Patrick Masson. “LPI has a long and respected history of not only promoting open source but also, through world-class professional development and training, extending the individual skills and ensuring the health of those communities that build and maintain open source software.”

Since its founding, LPI has focused on providing the best vendor-independent Linux certifications to allow candidates to prove they have core Linux skills enabling them to work across Linux distributions in a wide range of enterprise environments. To date, the organization has delivered over 450,000 certification exams around the world with the help of its international affiliate network—representatives from across the globe that guide certification candidates, policy, and provide open source support in local languages.

For more information about the OSI Affiliate Member Program and how your organization can join, see:

About Linux Professional Institute
The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) is dedicated to providing a global framework, industry leadership and other services to enhance, develop and further lifelong professional careers in Linux and Open Source technologies. LPI’s leading vendor-independent Linux certification program is supported by a global affiliate network that has helped deliver over 450,000 certification exams worldwide. Established as a non-profit in 1999, LPI is supported by the IT and educational communities, enterprise customers, and government entities. To learn more about LPI visit:

About The Open Source Initiative
Founded in 1998, the Open Source Initiative (OSI) protects and promotes open source by providing a foundation for community success. It champions open source in society through education, infrastructure and collaboration. The OSI is a California public benefit corporation, with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. For more information about the OSI, please visit:

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