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Two South Africans first to certify for Ubuntu

By   |  June 27, 2006

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) and Canonical have announced the world’s first Ubuntu Certified Professionals: Fred Strauss and Khayeni Ndlovu of Johannesburg, South Africa. Strauss and Ndlovu were amongst a group of six who wrote paper versions of the Ubuntu certification exam at LinuxWorld Johannesburg on May 18, 2006.

Canonical spokesperson Jane Silber extended her congratulations to Strauss and Ndlovu on their achievement: “Canonical is proud to welcome these first Ubuntu Certified Professionals into the world-wide Ubuntu community. Their achievement reinforces the increasing demand we have noted from engineers and managers for an IT certification which proves an individual’s Ubuntu skills –particularly within the enterprise environment,” says Silber. The Ubuntu Certified Professional program consists of a single exam on top of LPI’s existing 101 and 102 exams providing candidates with the dual advantage of a recognized existing global IT certification standard, LPIC-1, plus the “Ubuntu Certified Professional” status. LPI’s product development team and Ubuntu community members created the Ubuntu exam which has been priced at $100.

Ndlovu, an IT specialist with the University of Witwatersrand, was pleased to be amongst the world’s first Ubuntu Certified Professionals and noted the importance of the designation in his work. “The Ubuntu Certified Professional designation establishes me as a systems administrator with bona fide credentials. The University of Witwatersrand Bioinformatics and Computer Science departments use Ubuntu as their Linux distribution of choice. My LPIC and Ubuntu certifications demonstrate my skills knowledge, and confidence to support postgraduates and academics in their use of Open Source Software,” says Ndlovu.

“In South Africa the exam is available as a paper based one from the Shuttleworth Foundation, the local LPI Affiliate. Go to for more details and to register for an exam event.”

The Ubuntu Certified Professional exam is also available worldwide at over 7 000 Thomson Prometric and Pearson VUE testing centres.

To schedule an Ubuntu Certified Professional exam at a test location nearest you please look for the Ubuntu exam listing amongst the available LPI certification exams at either or


One Response to “Two South Africans first to certify for Ubuntu”

  1. marimo
    June 29th, 2006 @ 12:00 am

    Just a point of correction. Khayeni is Zimbabwean! He was my classmate at university and I must say his entry into Linux and the achievements he has scored in that field is an amazing testimony! Congratulations man!! Ubuntu is a shocking masterpiece and a certification like that is priceless!!! Now, claim your place in the Ubuntu Hall of FAME mate!!!!! Do not forget to mention I was your class mate 😉

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