Linux Foundation's free online intro to Linux class opens its doors

Linux Foundation's free online intro to Linux class opens its doors

Summary: Want to learn your way around Linux? Your free Linux introduction class opportunity starts on August 1st.


Do you want a good reason to learn about Linux? I'll give you one: According to Dice, the leading career site for technology and engineering professionals, nine out of ten IT hiring managers are looking for Linux pros.

Linus Torvalds would like to introduce you to Linux in the Linux Foundation's first free Introduction to Linux class.

The best way to learn Linux is to download a distribution, like Linux Mint. and start working with it. If you don't like learning to swim by diving into the deep end of the pool, another great way to start picking up Linux is to take a class. And, lucky you, beginning August 1st, The Linux Foundation, in conjunction with online education giant edX, is offering a free Introduction to Linux course.

This class, first announced in early March, is available for free. That's not bad for a class that usually runs $2,400!

This massively open online course (MOOC) is being taught by Jerry Cooperstein. Cooperstein is a nuclear astrophysicist who's been using Linux since 1994 and teaching it for almost that long.

You don't need a Ph. D. to learn Linux and you don't need to have previous Linux experience to enroll. If you know your way around a PC, you're qualified to take the class.

You can audit the course, take it for a certificate, or take and pass the class for an edX personalized Certificate of Achievement. This last option costs $250. This certificate can be used for job applications, promotions or school applications. To earn one, you'll need to be ready to devote 40 to 60 hours to the class.

This class looks at Linux from a very high level. You'll be able to use Linux distributions from any of the three major Linux families, including Red Hat, with Fedora or CentOS; Debian, including Ubunt or Mint; and SUSE, including openSUSE.

This course will cover the various tools and techniques commonly used by Linux programmers, system administrators and end users to do day-to-day work in Linux. 

After completing the class you should have a good working knowledge of Linux, from both a graphical and shell perspective. You should then be able to easily navigate through any of the major Linux distributions. From here, you should be able to continue your progress as either a user, system administrator or developer. Enjoy!

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  • $2400! Seriously?

    and 40- - 60 hours? And you claim that Win8 is hard to learn!

    No wonder the Emperor is naked - he can't afford clothes!
    • It's a free course

      Looking for something to complain about.
      • Yeah

        He has a little trouble with the English language for any not beginning with the first 5 letters of the alphabet.
      • Yeah a FREE course....

        if you wanna prove you took it, pay for it! That's something to complain about!
  • Compare This to Microsoft/Apple

    What do think the Cost in Time/Money would be to become a Certified IT in these other two Ecosystems?
    The 40-50 hrs. is obviously not to learn only basic Linux.
  • Windows 8 is hard for doing even the simpliest tasks....

    Linux courses teach you how to do tasks that are way beyond simple.... and way beyond what Windows can do.
    • I used win 8 for the first time when

      a friend's laptop needed a virus cleaning. This person seems to get one about every year. I did a full recovery/reinstall (which took 5 hours) then just could not figure out how to simply get to the regular control panel. I found the metro one but that didn't cut it - I need to rename the computer. I see why people don't like win 8.
      One of the things I like about win 7 is that if you hit the windows key, you can just type in any file or application and it find it quickly. In win 8 it toggles between desktop and metro modes. Frustrating!
      • Seriously?

        Is it really that difficult to find?

        (Just in case you're unlucky, here's the link:

        It's the same thing in Windows 8 as it was in Windows 7: Press the WIN key, start typing. Search panel will automatically open and the results will appear as you type. To save yourself from going to the start screen, press WIN+S to quickly get to the search bar, Win+Q will open the search bar in the context of the currently running application.

        Press the WIN key. Type "rename computer". Check the search results, one of them will open the control panel right where needed. Type "control" and it will find the desktop control panel for you.

        To do computer renaming quicker, get to the desktop, as in Windows 7, right click on the computer item in the Explorer's navigation pane, select properties. That hasn't changed in Windows 8 either.

        More free stuff, with videos:

        5 hour hour recovery? That happens if you have a slow 5400 RPM disk. Windows 8, 8.1 can return to its fresh state much quicker:
      • Poor skills

        You must have really poor computer skills if you found those tasks difficult.
        Buster Friendly
        • Obviously you consider yourself an expert....

          how many errors did you slough through when you first started? Or where you born computer literate?
      • So you decided to switch to a popular Linux distro

        Tired of Windows being user unfriendly, you decided to switch to Linux. Let's see how easy it is to change the computer name there. There appears to be no single answer. The methods range from running the hostname command (which has more switches than Windows PowerShell Rename-Computer command) to editing system files (how is this better than editing Windows Registry?) to googling and discovering several places that suggest that running hostname command is not enough anyway.

        Happy switching to Linux!

        I have nothing against Linux, it's a great OS, but bringing an argument that Windows is hard because you can't find the control panel is silly.
      • Hahahahahahahaha



        5 hours to reinstall Windows 8 because you cannot clean off 1 virus!

        Then, you cannot find the control panel in Windows 8 which is located in any number of locations including right clicking the lower left corner of the screen or press WinKey+Q and typing control panel... Or even customizing windows and adding it to the desktop!

        You sir, do not belong fixing any computer and I certainly hope you didn't get paid for that.
        • I always say if the user has a problem

          The problem is not the user.
        • Graphical?

          any OS where you HAVE to search for what you need is completely counter to the whole idea of a graphical interface. Searching is such a waste of time. Organise the OS in a manner that makes it easy to find things without having to search. Ohh way, winXP did that..........Yep Win * is a great time waster.
        • As if your first time

          using Windows was perfect. Always someone to knock someone else for doing something different. So what if it took that long? It takes you less, how much less? Good for you.
          • Right on

            I agree with you Charles - too many of these "hot-shot" whipper snappers are quick to put someone else down when I could find areas where they wouldn't know you know what from a hole in the ground. Its one thing to be able to write code in a number of the "hot" languages and know how to use the command line (any OS), but another to understand the company's business model, the processes and procedures put in place to help insure the success of that model and a host of other things, not always related to writing code and debugging or providing support to end users, who aren't computer literate, in getting their job done.

            BTW, personally, I also agree with winddrift03's post that typing into a search bar is counter to the purpose of a GUI. I'll also throw in the use of key combinations to invoke different functions. While I understand there are those who love those two approaches, not everyone does. After all, it was when Windows came out with the GUI that helped spread the use of the desktop to the moms and pops (and grandmas and grandpas) who never saw a computer before. It was easy for them to buy a pre-installed PC, see the icons on the desktop with the application name underneath, click on it and bring up a browser or a basic WYSIWYG editor or play battleship, solitaire, etc.

            The problem is too many of those who post on this type of board work in an IT shop or related data processing function and "assume" the rest of the world has the same understanding (or in some cases, misunderstanding) that they have.
      • You should be embarrassed

        Seriously, really, truly, you should be down-right embarrassed. You have got to be the dumbest person I have ever "hear" ever claim to be working on a computer.
    • Nope

      All kernels do the same thing. Really the only thing I can think of that's different is Linux access control is still mostly based on the ancient Unix uid/guid/mode bits while the rest of the world, including other Unix platforms, have moved to ACLs.
      Buster Friendly
      • UNIX has had ACLs for a long time.

        See "getfacl" and "setfacl".
        • Read Buster's post again as he never stated otherwise

          Buster Friendly wrote:
          "the rest of the world, including other Unix platforms, have moved to ACLs"
          Rabid Howler Monkey