LOMBARD, Ill., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- CompTIA, the Computing Technology Industry Association today announced that its Linux+ certification program has welcomed three more companies as cornerstone sponsors. CompTIA is bringing major industry vendors and customers together to create a globally accepted benchmark certification for Linux. Course Technology, Intel Corporation and SuSE have announced their participation in the development of the new Linux+ certification. Current cornerstone sponsors of Linux+ include: Caldera, Compaq, Course Technology, ElementK, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel Corporation, Linuxcare, LinuxMall.com, LPI (Linux Professional Institute), Nitrosoft , prosofttraining.com, Sair Linux and GNU, SuSE and Turbolinux. The Linux+ certification will measure vendor-neutral Linux knowledge and skills for an individual with at least six months practical experience. It augments CompTIA's portfolio of existing vendor neutral certifications including A+, Network+, Certified Document Imaging Architech (CDIA), i-Net+ and Server+. "A growing number of IT professionals are taking advantage of Linux-based solutions," said Lutz Ziob, CompTIA Vice President of Certification. "The entry-level certification space is where CompTIA has built its reputation with globally acknowledged certification programs. We expect Linux+ to broaden the expertise of IT professionals as they build their careers." Linux+ development is well under way, with subject matter expert workshops being hosted in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific beginning in February. The training community has shown its support of Linux+ through broad participation in development and advisory meetings. The certification will launch in the second half of 2001. About CompTIA CompTIA, the Computing Technology Industry Association, is a not-for- profit trade association of more than 10,000 companies and professional IT members in the rapidly converging computing and communications market. CompTIA has members in more than 50 countries and provides a unified voice for the industry in the areas of e-commerce standards, vendor-neutral certification, service metrics, public policy and workforce development. More than a quarter of a million individuals worldwide have earned CompTIA certifications in PC service, networking, document imaging, Internet and PC server technologies. More information is available at http://www.comptia.org .