Canonical and iB – Group Cegos Partner to Deliver Ubuntu Certified Professional Training in France

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Canonical Ltd, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, today announced it has signed an agreement for iB Â? Group Cegos to deliver Ubuntu Certified Professional training in France. iB will deliver official courses in Paris la Defense from December 2007.

– Canonical Ltd, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, today announced it has signed an agreement for iB – Group Cegos to deliver Ubuntu Certified Professional training in France. iB will deliver official courses in Paris la Defense from December 2007.

Two five-day courses, Ubuntu Professional Courses 1 & 2, will assist System Administrators to pass the required LPI 101, LPI 102 and the Ubuntu 199 exams, and achieve the Ubuntu Certified Professional certification. These courses are among a series of classroom and e-learning courses launching in 2007.

“The Ubuntu community in France, translators, developers and partners have really made this all happen. There is such strong demand for open source software in France and interest in Ubuntu that we are delighted that certified training is now available.

The deployment of Ubuntu on desktops in the French parliament, the availability of pre-loaded systems from Dell and the awareness of Ubuntu's ease of use and stability have all driven demand,” commented Chris Kenyon, Canonical's Director of Business Development. He continued, “iB - Group Cegos have the presence, reputation, experience and now also trained Ubuntu instructors, making them an excellent partner for Canonical.”

Gael Salomon, iB General Manager, highlights: “The availability of Ubuntu training in France is a great opportunity for our customers: it dramatically simplifies people's access to open source technology and will speed up implementation time. The training programme fills the IT professionals' skills gap so enterprises can streamline Ubuntu deployment in a very safe way.”

The first five day Ubuntu Professional course will open in Paris la Defence on December 10th.

About Canonical:

Canonical, the sponsor of Ubuntu, is head quartered in Europe and is committed to the development, distribution and support of open source software products and communities. Canonical offers world-class 24x7 support for Ubuntu as well as professional engineering services.

Since its launch in October 2004 Ubuntu has become one of the most highly regarded Linux distributions with millions of users around the world. Ubuntu will always be free to download, free to use and free to distribute to others. With these goals in mind, Ubuntu aims to be the most widely used Linux system, and is the centre of a global open source software ecosystem.

Download Ubuntu from http://www.ubuntu.com/download. To learn about commercial support for Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Edubuntu, please see http://www.canonical.com/support. For more information visit http://www.canonical.com or http://www.ubuntu.com. Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Edubuntu and their associated logos are all registered trademarks of Canonical Ltd.

About iB – Group Cegos

Established in 1985, iB has been Groupe Cegos affiliate since 1999. iB is a leading IT training company in France with a portfolio spanning over 300 courses and more than 15 000 attendees trained each year. The company currently has 110 employees.

As a solution provider iB also designs and builds full training solutions to address customer skill gaps. This covers IT job role based training such as project management, end user training and deep technical training for developers and IT Professionals.

Over the years iB has gained in depth expertise within its consulting department “iB conseil”, and this is used to provide trainers with a place to practice and keep up to date with customers' real environment.

iB training centers are located at the heart of its customers, in Paris la Defense, Lyon, Toulouse, Nantes, Rennes, and Strasbourg.

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