Learn Linux in a free online classroom
While self-learning and real-world experience are both great types of education, there is still something to be said for a quality, structured classroom lesson. College is a great place for structured learning, but the costs can be overwhelming. Even though education and self improvement are great investments, no one wants to be buried in student loan debt.
If you are interested in learning, the subject of Linux is a great choice. After all, more and more businesses are utilizing Linux-based operating systems, while Android and Chrome OS are increasing in popularity. Luckily, the Linux Foundation has partnered with edX to bring free Linux courses to the masses.
"The Linux Foundation and edX are partnering to develop a MOOC program that will help address this issue by making basic Linux training materials available to all for free. Previously a $2,400 course, Introduction to Linux will be the first class available as a MOOC and will be free to anyone, anywhere. The Linux Foundation is among a new group of member organizations edX announced today who will contribute courses to the platform.", says the foundation.
Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation shares, "our mission is to advance Linux and that includes ensuring we have a talent pool of Linux professionals. To widen that talent pool and give more people access to the opportunities in the Linux community and IT industry, we are making our training program more accessible to users worldwide. We are partnering with the leader in MOOCs to enable this access".
Signing up for Introduction to Linux is simple — it takes maybe 3 minutes, entering my details and a few mouse clicks. Even though I am already proficient in the kernel, I figure it can't hurt to brush up. Who knows, maybe I will learn something new.
Overall, this is a great move for both the Linux and technology communities. Knowledge of Linux is beneficial even if the student never uses the knowledge in direct practice. Indirectly, learning a new way of thinking about computers can birth new ideas and nurture forward thinking leaders for tomorrow.