The Linux Foundation has announced that it has teamed up with edX, a non-profit online learning platform, to build a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), making its ‘Introduction To Linux‘ course free to everyone, everywhere.

It is known that access to advanced Linux training has been limited and so The Linux Foundation and edX hope to address this problem by making Linux training available everyone for free. Normally the ‘Introduction To Linux’ course costs $2,400 but will now be available as a MOOC and will completely free to whoever wants to take the course.


“Our mission is to advance Linux and that includes ensuring we have a talent pool of Linux professionals,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. “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.”

As part of the The Linux Foundation Authorized Training Partner Program, the plan is to increase Linux  courses by introducing more training providers around the world, who have authroized instructors. Although these courses will have enrollment fees, there will be high quality training available with material from The Linux Foundation, delivered by local and authorized teachers.

The free introduction course does not have an official start date yet but is set to take between forty and sixty hours to complete. Over 2,500 people are said to have signed up within the first 24 hours of the course being posted.

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