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LPI Forum in Warsaw, Poland

(Sacramento, CA, USA and Kassel, Germany) The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization ( and its affiliate, LPI-Central Europe (, will host a forum for Linux professionals at the Warsaw University of Technology in Warsaw, Poland on September 28, 2012.

The event is being held under the honorary patronage of the Polish Ministry of the Economy (Ministerstwo Gospodarki:

The forum will feature speakers on a number of technology subjects including Free and Open Source Software solutions, professional skills development, IT innovation and entrepreneurship, lifelong learning, Linux certification and the workforce development of Linux and Open Source professionals (  Attendance is free of charge, although participants are advised to register in advance at:

"LPI is committed to the workforce development of Linux and Open Source professionals.  In particular we embrace opportunities to work with both industry and government to promote IT education and job creation.  As such we are pleased to be part of this forum with the Polish government, local businesses and IT organizations," said Jim Lacey, president and CEO of LPI.

Mr. Lacey will be speaking at the forum on LPI's growing focus on promoting Open Source careers and how strategic partnership initiatives and Linux certification can benefit Polish Open Source organizations and IT professionals.  Mr. Lacey's presentation will follow the opening address by Dariusz Bogdan, Poland's Undersecretary of State for the Ministry of Economy.

Other sponsors of the event include Microsoft and Thomas-Krenn. Also participating in the event include the Polish Chamber of IT and Telecommunications (PIIT:

and the Polish Foundation for Free and Open Software (

"The Polish Foundation for Free and Open Source Software is happy to be a partner of the LPI Forum in Poland and to support the growing involvement of the Linux Professional Institute in Poland.  This enhanced role of LPI within Poland offers our IT professionals an additional opportunity to certify their Linux administration skills on LPI's international industry-recognized certification," said Michal Wozniak, president of the Board of Directors of the Polish Foundation for Free and Open Source Software.

LPI-Central Europe has been active in Poland since January 2011 and has held six LPI exam labs to date at locations throughout the country.

LPI exam labs provide an opportunity for IT professionals to take LPI exams at promotional pricing in order to support local Linux and Open Source events.  Upcoming LPI exam labs in Poland are also planned for the city of Szczecin in August and Kielce in October at a Polish Linux Users Group's event.  An LPI exam lab will also be hosted by LPI partner Akademia Linuksa

( a day prior to the forum on September 27, 2012.

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.

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.