The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling innovation through open source, has announced the availability of three new training courses on its edX platform: Open Source Software Development: Linux for Developers (LFD107x), Linux Tools for Software Development (LFD108x), and Git for Distributed Software Development (LFD109x). The three courses can be taken individually or combined to earn a Professional Certificate in Open Source Software Development, Linux and Git.
Open Source Software Development for Linux Developers
Open Source Software Development: Linux for Developers (LFD107x) explores the key concepts of developing open source software and how to work productively in a Linux environment. The course is designed for users with some experience on another operating system, but with limited to no experience working in a Linux environment. It delves into Linux systems, including installation, desktop environments, text editors, important commands and utilities, command shells and scripts, filesystems, and compiling software.
Linux Tools for Software Development
Linux Tools for Software Development (LFD108x) examines the tools necessary to do everyday work in Linux development environments and beyond. It is designed for developers with experience working on any operating system who want to understand the basics of open source development. Upon completion, participants will be familiar with essential command line tools to work comfortably and productively in Linux environments.
Git for Distributed Software Development
Git for Distributed Software Development (LFD109x) provides an introduction to Git, the source control system that arose out of the Linux kernel community, that enables widely distributed development to operate efficiently. The course prepares participants to use Git to create new repositories or clone existing ones, commit new changes, review revision histories, examine differences with older versions, work with different branches, merge repositories, and work with a distributed development team.
Earn a Professional Certificate
The three courses combine into the “Open Source Software Development, Linux and Git” Professional Certificate Program, which is designed for developers with experience working on any operating system who want to understand the basics of open source software development.
The program surveys how open source software works, including advantages of using it, methods of working in OSS communities, governance models and licensing choices. It delves into Linux systems and Linux tools for developers, including installation, desktop environments, text editors, important commands and utilities, command shells and scripts, filesystems and compiling software
The three courses were created by Jerry Cooperstein, PhD, who has been working with Linux since 1994, and has developed and delivered training in both the kernel and user space. He has overall responsibility for all training content at The Linux Foundation. During a two decade career in nuclear astrophysics, he developed state-of-the-art simulation software on many kinds of supercomputers and taught at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Jerry joined The Linux Foundation in 2009, where he currently serves as Senior Content Manager.
How to Enroll
To earn the professional certificate, participants must enroll in the program, complete all three courses, and pay a verified certificate fee of $149 per course. Each of the three courses can also be taken through edX in audit mode for no cost for those who do not require a certificate of completion.