Linux Foundation Launches Free Training Webinar Series to Meet Growing Demand for Linux Professionals

Linux Foundation Launches Free Training Webinar Series to Meet Growing Demand for Linux Professionals

Also expands its Linux training program to offer new classes in new geographies for developers and sys admins

SAN FRANCISCO, January 26, 2010 – The Linux Foundation®, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced a free Linux Training Webinar Series that will enable attendees to learn the fundamentals of Linux directly from the source of Linux, the developers themselves. The webinar series will feature Linux Foundation technical advisory board (TAB) members and other community developers. The first Webinar in the series is “How To Contribute to the Linux Community,” led by Jon Corbet, and available March 1. To register, please visit: http://training.linuxfoundation.org.

This webinar series complements the expanded Linux Foundation training program that now spans the globe with classes in Boston, London, Ottawa, San Francisco, Sydney, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. The Linux Foundation is also today publishing its Winter/Spring 2010 course catalog, which comprises a variety of ways to train, including classes co-located with the organization’s 2010 events (such as the Collaboration Summit and LinuxCon, among others). New course offerings available from the community’s leading technical talent include embedded Linux; Linux device drivers; Linux kernel internals and debugging; application development for Linux; performance and tuning; and Git essentials.

The free Linux training webinar series features notable technical leaders from the Linux community. Confirmed webinars include:

• “An Introduction to Git,” by kernel maintainer and TAB chair James Bottomley;
• “Linux System Troubleshooting and Tuning” and “Linux Administration 101,” by Linux author and community manager Joe “Zonker” Brockmeier;
• “How to Work with the Linux community,” by LWN.net editor and kernel developer Jon Corbet;
• “A Linux Filesystem Overview,” by kernel developer Christoph Hellwig;
• “Btrfs: An Intro and Update” to the new file system for Linux, by project lead and TAB member Chris Mason; and
• “Linux Performance Tuning,” by North America’s first kernel developer Ted Ts’o.

To sign up for notifications regarding future webinars, please visit: http://training.linuxfoundation.org.

“The Linux Foundation’s Training Program connects developers and users with the rock-stars of Linux in a vendor-neutral forum to expand the talent pool for Linux,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at the Linux Foundation. “All industry research points to the fact that demand for Linux talent is outpacing the supply. Our training program helps this by providing highly-technical training that provides job seekers with the skills they need to both grow their careers and advance the increasingly competitive Linux platform.”

The maturity of Linux combined with a new economic reality in IT has led to a another cycle of accelerated growth for the Linux operating system, especially in the area of mobile and embedded Linux. According to forecasts published by research firm Gartner in October 2009, Linux is the fastest growing operating system on smart phones while Windows in decline. This growth has resulted in high demand for professionals with Linux-related skills; IT analyst firm Foote Brothers has reported a 50 percent increase in this demand in just the last year. The Linux Foundation’s webinar series and expanded training program aims to offer technical classes in all the skill areas most valuable to the growing Linux job market.

Built in collaboration with the Linux Foundation’s TAB (which comprises leading maintainers from the Linux community), the Linux Foundation’s Training Program provides a vendor-neutral, technically advanced learning opportunity. Linux Foundation training classes give students the broad, foundational knowledge and networking needed to thrive in today’s job market.

About the Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. Founded in 2007, the Linux Foundation sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and is supported by leading Linux and open source companies and developers from around the world. The Linux Foundation promotes, protects and standardizes Linux by hosting important workgroups, events and online resources such as Linux.com. For more information, please visit www.linuxfoundation.org.

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