Open Source Software Development: Linux for Developers
Open source software (OSS) has become dominant in the technology space. Since its launch in 1991, Linux has grown to power virtually all the world’s supercomputers, most mobile devices, financial exchanges, space stations and rovers, and serves as the backbone of the cloud and the internet itself. Companies, organizations, governments and individuals around the world rely on Linux and open source technologies to conduct business and live their lives every single day. At the same time, the demand for Linux and open source talent is as strong as ever, as revealed by the 2021 Open Source Jobs report.
This course will guide developers to understanding the ‘rules of the road’ of creating open source software, either as a newbie or as someone with experience primarily in creating and working with proprietary code.
The first part of this course covers the fundamentals of open source software development: the who (successful projects and communities), what (definition), why (benefits), where (Git), and how (licensing, compliance, collaboration tips, managing diversity, and continuous development & integration).
The second part of this course dives into the world of Linux: what Linux is, its history, how to separate the kernel from the operating system, and making contributions to it. It covers the graphical system interface, as well as working at the command line, and continues to discuss filesystems, major system components, user accounts, and more, to help you get fully oriented to working on a Linux system.
Upcoming start dates
- Self-paced Online
Who should attend?
To make the most of this course, you will need:
- Experience as a developer on any operating system
- Experience in working at the command line is not necessary but would be helpful
You will need a computer installed with a current Linux distribution, with the important developer tools (for compiling, etc.) properly deployed. Either a physical computer or a Linux Virtual Machine (VM) can be used.
Course delivery details
This course is offered through The Linux Foundation, a partner institute of EdX.
1-2 hours per week
- Verified Track -$149
- Audit Track - Free
Certification / Credits
What you'll learn
- Discuss the key concepts involved in developing open source software (OSS).
- Know best practices for long term sustainability of projects, including how to respect and encourage diversity.
- Review open source software licensing issues, such as types (restrictive vs permissive) and explain how to choose the right one.
- Have a good understanding of Linux systems and utilities.
- Work comfortably at the command line.
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