I don’t have to brag on wonderfulness of Linux. As the use of Linux based operating systems in industry is increasing exponentially that it has definitely become a ‘need’ for the IT personnel now. Market needs Linux experts much more than they actually exist. Talking of statistics, growth of demand for good Linux developers is at 31 percent!
Those who want to encash the opportunity, can choose to start learning Linux with few websites which are considered best at what they are doing. Following is the list of such websites:
PaulPaulito has not been there for a long time but looks promising so far. This Netherlands based website is offering training videos in English as well as Spanish and German. The organization running this website is a Linux Professional Institute (LPI) approved training partner. The courses are designed in a way that they help in preparation of LPI certification Exams. It also offers practice exams. This website is not free, costs about 67 USD per month.
LPI is a certification organization has its training partners all over the world. The site of LPI itself can be used to look up a training partner around your location.
Red Hat has its own training and certification programmes. Most of the courses offered by Red hat are targeted at Red Hat Enterprise Linux, being a Linux vendor has its own advantages. Online courses consists of Red Hat System Administration and Red Hat Linux Troubleshooting, fees starts from $1400.
BeginLinux.com provides a variety of courses mainly focused on CentOS Server, Ubuntu Server and Apache Security. Plans start from 95.95$.
Variety of online training courses are provided by The Linux Foundation. Classroom programmes are also available. Embedded Linux, the Linux Kernel, Open source Compliance are some courses to name a few of all that are included in offered courses. Advanced tools are used in delivering the course such as live Java-based virtual collaboration and Live audio conference bridge. You can use their search tool to find the course which can fit your need. Prices starting from $2750.
If you are interested in learning with Ubuntu, Canonical can serve you with huge number of courses listed in their training section.
IBM has its own set of Linux courses. The price for its Linux training classes start at $675.
LinuxCertified is known to provide onsite training facilities along with distance learning options. You can opt for this at $99.
Novell provides free training with no registration overhead. The courses are training modules which help in better understanding of their product just like canonical and IBM.
A wide range of Linux Tutorials are available with The Virtual Training Company. Some content is kept free as well. The tutorials provided are either in Flash or QuickTime format. A user can get a chance to browse though 900 course on the site with a price tag of $30 on it.
These are the few sources which know what they are doing, there exist a lot more than these. We at LinuxStall also try to help you in getting comfortable with Linux. If you wish to add more sources to this list, we have our comment section open.
Vastness of open source can leave anyone in confusion. Whether it is distro hunting or phrases that are used to explain related concepts. The one which annoys every single beginner is that Open source is said to distribute free software, so far so good, but what exactly we mean by free? Free as is Beer or Free as in Speech? Keep reading.
The difference can be narrowed down to “no money” versus “no restrictions (or a bit of them)”. In English, free is often mistaken for both the meanings but in Spanish they have different words for them, Gratis and Libre.
Java from Oracle is a product which is free as in beer. When you are offered a beer, you are not supposed to pay for it but enjoy. The ‘body’ giving away pays for it and everyone enjoys it at no cost.
Java from Oracle is available free of cost for everyone but restricts users from getting even a glimpse of source code. Hence, users are also deprived of the liberty of modifying the code. Speaking of that, none of distributing publicly and submitting bug fixes is available. The decision of What/When/How you get the “beer” is made by the “giver”.
In addition to facility of getting the software for free, the air of liberty comes in. The liberty in “libre” is more than you get in “gratis”. Following are the rights you have in software which are Free as in Speech:
♦ You can use it anyway you want. They don’t care if the software was made for computer you are running it on mobile device. More the merrier!
♦ You can easily see the internal working of the software. Users want to know the secret ingredients in their favourite beer but are deprived of this pleasure in case of free beer.
♦ Sharing is caring! After using and falling in love with the software, one would definitely want to share it and libre allows him to do that without violating any law. Distribute it publicly whether by packaging it with your software or provide a mirror, etc.
♦ You can be a part of the development process. If you find a bug and a fix to it, you can submit it so that community benefits from it. After all it is all about giving away.