The Linux Foundation's free Introduction to Linux class starts today

In today's open source roundup: The free Introduction to Linux class starts today and you can still register. Plus: Can LibreOffice 4.3 beat Microsoft Office, and Debian 8 will ship with Linux 3.16

Linux has opened a world of career possibilities to many people over the years. If you're interested in learning about Linux or you know someone who wants to learn about it, then there's still time to take a free class. The Linux Foundation's course "Introduction to Linux" starts today, and you can still register for it. The course usually costs $2400 but it's free on the edX site.

According to edX:

This course explores the various tools and techniques commonly used by Linux programmers, system administrators and end users to achieve their day-to-day work in a Linux environment. It is designed for experienced computer users who have limited or no previous exposure to Linux, whether they are working in an individual or Enterprise environment.

Upon completion of this training you should have a good working knowledge of Linux, from both a graphical and command line perspective, allowing you to easily navigate through any of the major Linux distributions. You will be able to continue your progress as either a user, system administrator or developer using the acquired skill set.

Course description:


Linux Philosophy and Components

Graphical Interface

System Configuration from the Graphical Interface

Command-line Operations

Finding Linux Documentation

File Operations

User Environment

Text Editors

Network Operations

Manipulating Text


Bash Shell Scripting

Advanced Bash Shell Scripting


Common Applications

Local Security Principles


More at edX
Free Introduction to Linux Class

There's also a guide on how to prepare your computer for the LFS101x class. The guide is in PDF format and should be of use to folks who are new to Linux. It includes information about which distributions to use, as well as install methods. Experienced Linux users will not need to read the guide, but newer folks should read through it carefully.

So far there are thirty two reviews of the class on the CourseTalk site. I'm assuming that those reviews are from the Linux Foundation's previous classes as this is the first time the course has been taught on edX. It has a four star rating based on those reviews.

Unfortunately, only three reviews can be read without having a CourseTalk membership and I was too lazy to bother signing up for one. But the overall star rating and the comments I saw seem to indicate that there's some positive buzz about the class.

Plus it's free so if you're interested then why not register today and give it a shot?

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