A Linux training course that once cost $2,500 is now free, as Linux Foundation ramps up its education efforts.
The open-source Linux operating system is freely available to those who want to use it, but finding good sources of training for Linux has not always been as free. In a move to further enable more people to get Linux training, the Linux Foundation is now opening up its education efforts.
The Linux Foundation will offer a Linux development course on edX, the massive open online course (MOOC) platform developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. The move is part of an edX effort, announced Thursday, to expand its course offerings to include content from nonacademic institutions. All edX content previously came from the nonprofit’s 32 member schools, which include the University of California, Berkeley; Dartmouth College and McGill University.
The Internet of Everything, container virtualization and KVM virtualization for theOpenStack cloud are all on the list of open source initiatives the Linux Foundation will be highlighting at its Collaboration Summit next month, which provides some useful clues as to where the open source ecosystem is headed next.
The Summit, scheduled for March 26-28 in Napa Valley, Calif., will begin with a keynotefrom Liat Ben-Sur of Qualcomm and the AllSeen Alliance (a nonprofit consortium that promotes the Internet of Everything) on how the open source community can advance the development and adoption of the Internet of Everything—a vision of the future wherein all types of devices and consumer appliances, from wireless printers to toasters, are connected and interact through the Internet.
If paychecks are any kind of a measure, then people with Linux skills are doing better than most.
The national median annual IT salary is $91,050, or $43.77 per hour, while the national medium annual salary for Linux-certified information technology professionals is $96,750, or $46.51 an hour, according to Yoh Services, a staffing firm that produces its own wage index. The indexes generally focus on temporary wages.