Linux Foundation moves on training

The Foundation wants to train recently laid-off developers to help them compete for the rising number of Linux-related jobs; it is also taking over the Web site

The Linux Foundation is moving on two fronts this week, offering Linux training programs for developers and administrators and taking over the informational Web site.

Noting that developers are being laid off and that the number of Linux-related job postings has increased, the foundation seeks to meet demand and provide tools for programmers. The Linux Foundation Training Program will begin with courses at the Linux Foundation Annual Collaboration Summit April 8-10 in San Francisco.

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"The key for us is to offer Linux training in a way that's mutual across all the different versions of Linux and that's extremely in-depth," said Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin on Tuesday.

Featuring courses taught by community leaders and maintainers, the program is intended to be vendor-neutral and give attendees knowledge and networking. Debut courses include "Essential Linux Device driver Development Skills," "Creating Applications for Linux," and "Kernel Debugging and Performance." Classes will be like a boot camp of sorts and run just a couple of days.

Courses will cost $1,099. Students registering get a pass for the Collaboration Summit. Other events where training will be offered include the LinuxCon event in Portland this September and the foundation's End User Summit sometime fall as well as at in-person classes in cities in the United States. Dates will be announced. Onsite custom courses also will be offered at companies, and online training is expected as well.

The foundation also will reveal on Wednesday that it has become the new host for, taking the site over from SourceForge. has featured news and information but will be transformed to more of a collaborative site. will offer content, tools, and community services as well as information for business users. SourceForge will continue to support the foundation by selling advertising for

With the foundation managing the Linux brand and trademark, managing serves as "just a natural extension of what we do," Zemlin said. The site, however, is not for submitting changes to the Linux kernel; that is done at, said Zemlin.

A new beta version of the site will be released in a few months. An "IdeaForge" effort is being launched Wednesday to gather feedback from Linux users about the future direction of the site. Users can vote on different ideas for the site.

Possible changes could include the addition of product directories, question-and-answer forums, development tools, and legal and governance information, Zemlin said. New information categories could be added pertaining to mobile devices and embedded systems, Zemlin said.

"I foresee that we will continue to offer news and information about Linux, but I think we'll go beyond that,' he said.

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