Thursday, 31 July 2014 11:04

Learn Linux for free from August 1

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The Linux Foundation is offering its comprehensive Introduction to Linux course - normally $2,400 - for free.

The Linux Foundation's Intro to Linux course is a full, professionally-delivered course. Its usual price tag is $2,400 but is being offered for free from August 1st 2014.

For your money - or lack of money, in this case - you get over 40 to 60 hours of course work, taught by Dr Jerry Cooperstein, who oversees all training for the Linux Foundation.

To get the free course click on the words "Why do I have to pay? What if I want a free honor code certificate?" and the option to select the "Select Honor Code Certificate" option will show, which allows you to bypass the usual contribution fee.

The course outline lists 18 modules, through an introduction to Linux philosophy and components, the GUI, system configuration, command-line operations, finding documentation, file operations, and on through text editors, network operations, text manipulation and printing, shell scripting, processes, security and common apps.

Before taking the course it would be helpful to ensure you have Linux running on a computer (or virtual computer). If you have never done this before the Linux Foundation provides a helpful 16-page guide to get you up and going.

Sign up through edX and bolster your Linux skills. The course has no assumed knowledge except familiarity with computers and common software. If you can sign up for the course then you have as much experience as is required.

For the keen, you can register to get a certificate proving your completion and newly acquired Linux skills for $250.

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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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