Uncertainty around LPI in South Africa
From February 2007 The Shuttleworth Foundation will stop being the South African affiliate of the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) but there is no clarity yet on who will take over the foundation’s role.
This is according to Karien Bezuidenhout of the foundation, who says that a number of changes in the way the LPI operates has made the foundation re-evaluate its relationship with the LPI.
The LPI is a global organisation providing a set of standardised certificates for Linux proficiency.
Bezuidenhout says that among these changes made by the LPI is the need for affiliates to meet revenue targets. “The Shuttleworth Foundation is a non profit organisation so this was not really in our interest,” says Bezuidenhout.
She said that the foundation has been in contact with the LPI internationally to find out who will succeed them as the LPI affiliate but to date they have received no answer.
One possible candidate to replace the foundation is the CSIR’s Open Source Centre.
Bob Jolliffe of the CSIR’s Meraka Open Source Centre confirmed to Tectonic that they have been in discussion with LPI but no decision had been made.
“We are interested in taking on this role if we can be useful and beneficial … but nothing has been decided yet,” Jolliffe said.
Bezuidenhout says that the foundation is eager to find out who the new affiliate will be so they can make the transition to the new affiliate as smooth as possible.
“Our primary concern is that we want the work we have done to date to be continued … so we would like to know who succeeds us so we can hand over materials and information we have.”