IT - Linux

The Linux Foundation's Free Introduction to Linux class has just passed the million enrollment mark

"Six years ago, The Linux Foundation launched its first free online class: Introduction to Linux. Today, The Linux Foundation, announced its free Introduction to Linux training course on the edX Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) platform and had more than a million enrollments. Not bad for what Linus Torvalds called "just a hobby" operating system.

Of course, now, that little operating system runs the web, rules supercomputing, powers the cloud, keeps Android smartphones working, and even shows up on a few desktops. What really brings people to this class, though, is good old filthy lucre..."

Lenovo announced a global expansion of its Linux portfolio, extending its certification program that was announced in June to include PCs preinstalled with Canonical's Ubuntu LTS operating system

"Previously only accessible to enterprises via a customized bid, a comprehensive range of nearly 30 Ubuntu-loaded devices will now be available for purchase via These include 13 ThinkStation and ThinkPad P Series Workstations and an additional 14 ThinkPad T, X, X1 and L series laptops, all with the 20.04 LTS version of Ubuntu, with the exception of the L series which will have version 18.04.

'Lenovo's vision of enabling smarter technology for all really does mean 'for all'. Our announcement of device certification in June was a step in the right direction to enable customers to more easily install Linux on their own. Our goal is to remove the complexity and provide the Linux community with the premium experience that our customers know us for. This is why we have taken this next step to offer Linux-ready devices right out of the box,' said Igor Bergman, Vice President of PCSD Software & Cloud at Lenovo..."

Linux Foundation Adds Entry-Level Certification, September 24th, 2020
The certification will focus on the test taker's knowledge of the fundamentals of system administration

We are in a complex world with a lot of systems administration options, and the LFCA intends to touch a little bit on each of the areas a new admin might run into. The test is still in development, but the areas that The Linux Foundation intends to focus on include:

  • Linux Fundamentals
  • System Administration Fundamentals
  • Cloud Computing Fundamentals
  • Security Fundamentals
  • DevOps Fundamentals
  • Supporting Applications and Developers

The categories will be complementary, with Linux Fundamentals including user and password management, for example, but security going more in-depth on that particular topic.

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