Training and consulting companies come together to help meet demand for Linux-specific knowledge, advance the platform
SAN FRANCISCO, January 25, 2012 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced that three companies are joining the organization: 4Linux, Erlang Solutions and Linux Professional Institute (LPI).
While the national and international job markets continue to struggle, the IT market offers a brighter outlok, according to technology jobs board Dice.com . And wihtin the IT market, indicators point to Linux jobs as an area of specific growth. This is trigger new demands for training and consulting services focused on the platform. By joining The Linux Foundation, 4Linux and Erlang Solutions and LPI can collaborate on educational programs, network with industry peers and collaborate with the Linux community to advance the operating system for specific opportunities.
More details on today’s new Linux Foundation members:
4Linux  is a leading Brazilian company providing solutions, training and services based on free and open source software. The 4Linux technical team is highly qualified and experienced in infrastructure and middleware architecture for mission-critical workloads. 4Linux has implemented open source solutions for the Federal Government Bank of Brazil (Caixa Economica Federal), which serves more than 50 million Brazilians. 4Linux also provides basic and advanced e-learning classes in Portuguese throughout the world.
“In 2011, when Linux celebrated its 20th anniversary, 4Linux celebrated its 10-year anniversary. This was a very successful story in the Brazilian market, and we decided to expand our work into the global market,” said Rodolfo Gobbi, general director, 4Linux. “Our membership with The Linux Foundation is one of the actions in this direction that will allow us to collaborate with a worldwide network of developers vendors and users who are all, like 4Linux, working toward the same goal: advancing and supporting Linux.”
Erlang Solutions  provides businesses with scalable solutions that are based on the general purpose Erlang programming language and runtime system. Through the creation, integration, delivery and lifetime support of products and services, Erlang Solutions supports the Erlang user community with industry-leading research, development, training and worldwide support. The company has offices in London, Stockholm and Krakow.
“Erlang and Linux are a powerful combination for scalable cloud solutions,” said Marcus Taylor, commercial director and co-founder, Erlang Solutions. “That’s why our Linux Foundation membership is so important to us. We see this as the ideal forum to bring together our two communities. Through collaboration, we can advance Linux and Erlang in a way that supports our work and our clients, while giving back to the Linux community.”
Linux Professional Institute (LPI)  represents a worldwide network of affiliates, training partners, industry representatives, enterprise customers, community professionals, and academic organizations that support programs and services to further lifelong professional careers in Linux and open source technologies. LPI is globally recognized Linux certifications are delivered in thousands of locations worldwide and in multiple languages.
"LPI represents many Linux professionals from around the globe and we have been promoting the professional use of Linux and open source since 1999. Our membership in The Linux Foundation is a natural partnership for us given our long-standing history of industry and community cooperation. We look forward to working with The Linux Foundation to enhance the open source ecosystem that supports innovation and evolution in this dynamic industry," said Jim Lacey, president and CEO of LPI.
"Linux is reaching a tipping point where its penetratio across industries is creating high demand for knowledgeable professionals who can work on the platform in a variety of environments," said Amanda McPherson, vice president of marketing and developer services at The Linux Foundation. "4Linux, Erlang Solutions and Linux Professional Institute are examples of organizations what are contributing to the work we're all doing as a community to help meet this demand, and we look forward to collaborating with them."
About The Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation  is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. Founded in 2000, the organization sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and promotes, protects and advances the Linux operating system by marshaling the resources of its members and the open source development community. The Linux Foundation provides a neutral forum for collaboration and education by hosting Linux conferences,  including LinuxCon , and generating original Linux research  and content that advances the understanding of the Linux platform. Its web properties, including Linux.com,  reach approximately two million people per month. The organization also provides extensive Linux training  opportunities that feature the Linux kernel community’s leading experts as instructors. Follow The Linux Foundation on Twitter. 
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