As more and more companies turn to Linux for mission-critical operations, making sure IT staff have the necessary skills is becoming more important than ever.
That's a significant challenge, because demand for Linux skills now far outstrips supply, making them a particularly hot commodity in the hiring market as companies large and small struggle to equip themselves with the talent they need.
The Linux Foundation reports that skills are one of the top challenges named by companies already using Linux, as I've noted before, while on IT employment site Dice.com, demand for Linux experience is growing at a rate of 31 percent year over year as opposed to just 20 percent overall.
So how do IT professionals get these coveted skills, whether for their own job-hunting purposes or for an employer that needs them? There are numerous opportunities online.
One new site that just launched earlier this year is PaulPaulito.com, which is based in the Netherlands but offers a whole series of online screencast training videos in English, Spanish, and German. The company is a training partner approved by the Linux Professional Institute (LPI), and it offers courses designed to help prepare for LPI certification exams. The first one, for example, targets the LPI-101 exam with a series of 45 10-minute video modules available for streaming; practice exams are also available. Subscription plans begin at 49 euros, or about $67, per month, and can be canceled any time.
2. LPI Partners
Speaking of LPI, the certification organization itself has also established partnerships with numerous other training partners around the globe. A regional lookup guide on the LPI site lets you search for training partners near you.
3. Red Hat
Linux vendor Red Hat is another source of training and certification programs, including several online offerings geared toward Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Virtual courses include Red Hat system administration and Red Hat Linux troubleshooting, with prices starting at $1,400.
A variety of self-directed online courses are available at BeginLinux.com, focusing on topics including Ubuntu Server, Apache Security, and CentOS Server. Pricing starts at $95.95.