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On March 6th, the Linux Foundation announced it’s building a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) program with edX, the non-profit, online learning platform launched in 2012 by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
At the same time, The Linux Foundation is announcing a new Authorized Training Partner program with AT Computing, Enea, and OlinData among its first members. Together, the new MOOC program and Advanced Training Partner program are meant to increase the ways by which Linux professionals can access high-quality, technically advanced, community-based training materials.
While these new training partners will also help supply enterprises with the trained Linux professionals they need, it’s the new online training classes that really have my attention. As the Foundation itself states, “talent isn’t bounded by geography, sometimes access to advanced Linux training has been limited. Employers are seeking Linux professionals in a market where not enough exist, while professionals struggle to find affordable, accessible training opportunities to advance their careers.”
Best of all for Linux newcomers, the first MOOC class will be Introduction to Linux and it will be available for free. Previously, the course cost $2,500. Other upcoming Linux classes will include Developing Applications for Linux, Linux Kernel Internals and Debugging, Linux Performance Tuning, and OpenStack Cloud Architecture and Deployment. In other words, there will be online classes suitable for software developers; Linux kernel programmers; and system, cloud, and network administrators.
The edX courses are top-of-the-line classes. More than 31 universities have partnered with edX including initial members Harvard, MIT, University of California Berkeley, CalTech, and Cornell. Since it was founded, other top institutions, such as the International Monetary Fund, Mexico’s Secretariat of Public Education, and The Smithsonian Institution have joined the edX program. Nearly two million people have accessed its courses online since it launched 18 months ago.
For those who have the opportunity to take a class in person, and prefer that to online classes, the new Linux Foundation Authorized Training Partner Program will also increase access to Linux Foundation training courses by making them available from a variety of training providers around the world, using Linux Foundation Authorized Instructors.
The Linux Foundation will also continue to offer free Linux training resources, scholarships and other resources to ensure it is a rich resource of free Linux technical training for everyone. For more information about The Linux Foundation’s Linux training services, visit The Linux Foundation training site.
Source: Associated Press