Do you have an interest in learning more about Linux for personal enjoyment and/or with an eye towards the job market? Then you will definitely be excited to learn that the Linux Foundation is now offering a free ‘Introduction to Linux’ MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) program for anyone who is interested in increasing their Linux knowledge.

Image courtesy of The Linux Foundation.

If you have been looking for a great opportunity to learn more about Linux, then this is an offer too good to pass up. The best part about the MOOC program is that it is now free for any and all who would like to sign up!

From the blog post: As Linux has become the fabric of computing, demand for talent to support it has skyrocketed. For example, according to the 2014 Linux Jobs Report, nine in 10 hiring managers are hiring Linux pro’s in the next six months. And, while talent isn’t bounded by geography, sometimes access to advanced Linux training has been limited. Employers are seeking Linux professionals in a market where not enough exist, while professionals struggle to find affordable, accessible training opportunities to advance their careers.

The Linux Foundation and edX are partnering to develop a MOOC program that will help address this issue by making basic Linux training materials available to all for free. Previously a $2,400 course, Introduction to Linux will be the first class available as a MOOC and will be free to anyone, anywhere. The Linux Foundation is among a new group of member organizations edX announced today who will contribute courses to the platform.

Classes are due to start in the 3rd quarter of this year. You can choose to simply audit the course or pursue a verified certificate of achievement.

You can learn more about the MOOC program via the first link below, then once you are done with that, you can sign up via the second link (along with seeing additional information about the program).

Linux Foundation to Build Massive Open Online Course Program with edX, Increase Access to Linux Training for All [Linux Foundation Blog]

Introduction to Linux – MOOC Sign Up Page [Linux Foundation]

[via BetaNews]

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