Free Linux Certification Offered at 2005 LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in Boston; Linux Professional Institute to Provide Professional Certification Testing for the Linux Community

FRAMINGHAM, MA – January 26, 2005 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for technology markets, today announced that The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the premier Linux certification organization worldwide (http://www.lpi.org/), will offer free Linux certification testing at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R) in Boston, taking place February 14-17, 2005 at the Hynes Convention Center. LPI offers a standardized, multi-national, and respected program to certify levels of individual expertise in Linux.

Each day of the conference at 1:00 p.m., LPI will be conducting the LPI 101 exam in Room 205. The proctored exams are free to all conference delegates, and a special discounted price of $25 is also offered to all exhibitors and exhibit hall attendees. All candidates must pre-register at the LPI Web site for an LPI ID number at https://www.lpi.org/en/register.html. Exam candidates should bring valid photo identification and their LPI ID number to the exam lab.

"As the leading Linux event in the world, LinuxWorld is continually looking for ways to enhance the overall value of the show for our attendees – and offering professional Linux certification is an ideal way to further that goal," said Warwick Davies, group vice president of IDG World Expo. "We're very pleased that LPI will be at LinuxWorld to provide Linux certification testing. They are the industry's most respected Linux certification organization, and their program gives Linux professionals the certification needed to further their careers."

LPI is an internationally recognized, vendor-independent organization advocating and assisting in the professional use of Linux, Open Source and free software. Established as a non-profit organization in 1999, it is recognized as the premier professional certification program for the Linux community.

"The Linux Professional Institute is committed to providing accessible certification opportunities and LinuxWorld is an excellent venue for the LPI Exam Labs." said Evan Leibovitch, president of LPI. "As a community-based organization, we actively support and promote vendor-independent and distribution-neutral certification of Linux professionals throughout the world."

LPI's certification program is delivered worldwide in multiple languages with the support of employers, vendors and trainers. It has delivered over 70,000 Level One and Level Two certification exams globally since the program's inception.

For more information about LPI's certification program, please contact Glenn McKnight at glenn@lpi.org.

For more information about LinuxWorld Conference & Expo or to register for the event, please visit http://www.linuxworldexpo.com.

About LinuxWorld Conference & Expo

LinuxWorld Conference & Expo is the premier event exclusively focused on Linux and Open Source solutions. As the world's most comprehensive marketplace for Open Source products and services, LinuxWorld provides business decision-makers with information and resources to implement Linux and Open Source solutions into business infrastructure and enterprise networks. For more information or to register for the event, visit the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo Web site at www.linuxworldexpo.com , or call (800) 657-1474. For exhibiting opportunities, please contact John Yurewicz at (508) 424-4852 or John_Yurewicz@idg.com or Frank Netherwood at (508) 424-4860 or Frank_Netherwood@idg.com.

About Linux Professional Institute

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) is the global standard in Linux certification. LPI develops professional certification for the Linux operating system that is trusted, accessible and independent. Established as an international non-profit organization in 1999 by the Linux community, LPI's internationally-recognized certification programs have earned the respect of vendors, employers and administrators. LPI's multi-level program of exams are available in seven languages, and are administered globally through proctors and Pearson VUE and Prometric testing centers. LPI's activities involve hundreds of volunteers and professionals throughout the world in many different capacities, and the group encourages active public involvement through mailing lists and its website at www.lpi.org . LPI's major financial sponsors are Platinum Sponsors IBM (NYSE:IBM), Maxspeed, Novell (Nasdaq: NOVL), SGI (NYSE:SGI), and TurboLinux as well as Gold Sponsors, Inc., Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HWP), Wave Technologies and Linux Magazine.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo (http://www.idgworldexpo.com) produces technology-focused tradeshows, conferences and events for professionals seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. As the leading technology event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its experience and knowledge of technology-focused events and conferences, enabling technology companies to capture the attention and loyalty of influential buyers. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes Macworld Conference & Expo(R), LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), Bio-IT World Conference + Expo(TM), Wireless Sensing Solutions(TM), Syndicate(TM), RoboBusiness and RoboNexus. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

About IDG

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, research, and event company. A privately-held company, IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers including Bio-IT World, CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Network World, and PC World. The company features the largest network of technology-specific Web sites with more than 400 around the world. IDG is also a leading producer of more than 170 computer-related events worldwide including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), Macworld Conference & Expo(R), DEMO(R), and IDC Directions. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.

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