GNU Linux Learning Material and Certification

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  • LPI-Level 1 and Level 2

The list of materials Alphabetically

IBM LPI Preparation Materials, Author Ian Shields, PHD

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) certifies Linux system administrators at two levels. Each certification level has two exams: the 101 and 102 exams for junior-level certification (LPIC-1, or certification level 1), and the 201 and 202 exams for intermediate-level certification (LPIC-2, or certification level 2).

Before you take the exams, review these developerWorks tutorials, designed as study guides for each topic in the four exams. Get started with the tutorials on these pages, and we'll add the rest as we complete them. Good luck in preparing for certification!

IBM DevelopersWork Free Materials

IBM LPI Learning Material

LPI Certification Self-Study Guide by David Horton - self-published

LPI-Level 1 by by Linup Front GmbH

ISBN: 3-8266-1449-6 Available in German, French and English

This is material developed the Munich based firm LinUpfront by Michael Oliver

LPI Level 2 by Snow B. V.

Online resources - Contributor: Dutch FOSS firm


  • A South African "Learn Linux" project is a set of modestly-named "training notes", released under the CC-BY-SA by Leading Edge in South Africa,


There are currently two LPI Certification levels for Linux. The first level, LPIC-1, is granted after passing both exams LPI 101 and LPI 102. Similarly passing the LPI 201 and LPI 202 exams will grant the second level certification LPIC-2.

Each of the following free training and tutorial Linux LPI manuals are designed for a 3 to 4 day training course to prepare for the LPI certification exam. It is recommended that candidates have at least one year experience doing Linux administration professionally. However, for those who are ready for a challenge the training course is designed to provide as much insight, tutorials, and examples as possible to help non-specialists understand the basic concepts and command sets which form the core of Linux computing.

The following free training manuals are available in the OpenOffice SXW format. These Linux LPI training books are distributed by the Free GNU/Linux Administration Manuals project.

UNDP, IOSN and LinuxIT

Update of training materials

The LinuxIT GDPL'd LPI study guides, developed with help from the International Open Source Network of the United

Nations Development Program

LPI Manuals

Kharil Yuosof of IOSN created training materials, slides and a Train the Trainer program.