edX, Linux Foundation Trying to Meet High Demand for Linux Ed


Linux Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports collaborative software development, and MOOC platform edX are together launching an Introduction to Linux Systems Administration (LFS201) online course for people seeking a career in information technology. Students must complete Introduction to Linux, a free online course also available through edX, to be eligible for enrollment in LFS201.

The LFS201 course is the second one offered by the Linux Foundation. The first course, Introduction to Linux (LFS101), was available at no cost to interested learners. Students that want to enroll in the course must complete the LFS101 and pay $499, which includes the registration fee for the Certified System Administrator exam and the opportunity to retake the exam if the learner is unsuccessful the first time.

The course starts August 3 and registration is already open with a $100 discount for early registration. According to the course description, learners will receive extensive hands-on experience during the self-paced online course:

“This sysadmin course will help you develop the fundamental skills that employers look for in entry level Linux System Administrators by focusing heavily on hands-on practice via nearly 100 lab exercises.

For Jim Zemlin, executive director at the Linux Foundation, the course is the entry point for a skill in growing demand:

“Essentials of Linux Systems Administration will prepare people to join the ranks of the world’s best and to take the Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator exam, providing the perfect entry point for a lucrative career in IT.”

A 2015 Linux Jobs Report reveals that one in two managers say they are hiring more Linux professionals than they did in 2014. Almost 9 in 10 managers report difficulty in finding qualified Linux-experienced hires. The same report reveals that over 90% of the managers surveyed plan to hire Linux professionals this year.

The course and examination can be both taken anytime and anywhere the learner might be. The course is performance-based, testing students’ skills rather than encouraging rote memorization. This makes the certification all the more attractive to potential employers, the Linux Foundation says.

The demand for Linux training was made evident with the sheer enrollment volume for the LFS101 course. Jim Zemlin said of the new course hosted by edX:

“Our free Introduction to Linux course on edX brought more than 400,000 new people into the Linux community. Now we’re calling on the people who are serious about taking the next step.”

According to the Linux Foundation, the organization will continue offering the LFS201 course on its own platform to “help expand the qualified Linux talent pool.”

“After the tremendous response we saw to LFS101, it is clear there is huge demand among early career IT professionals for Linux training. We’re proud to continue working with The Linux Foundation to help lower the barrier to entry for the tremendous career opportunities Linux offers.” edX CEO, Anant Agarwal said.