With demand for Linux skills reaching an all-time high, Linux Foundation invests in today’s most promising talent and adds enterprise-specific training courses
SAN FRANCISCO, June 12, 2012 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced its 2012 Linux Training  Scholarship Program. It is also today announcing a new Enterprise Linux Training program aimed at preparing the next generation of enterprise architects.
Dice.com reported this year that Linux job postings on the site have reached an all-time high, further illustrating the soaring demand for Linux-related talent. The 2012 Linux Jobs Report  released in February also pointed to a lucrative year ahead for Linux talent professionals: 81 percent of recruiters surveyed for the report said that hiring Linux is a priority in 2012, while 85 percent said finding Linux talent is difficult. When they do find it, they’re offering above normal pay increases and more perks to Linux professionals.
The Linux Foundation aims to help meet this demand by providing Linux training  opportunities direct from the source. The annual Scholarship Program extends the reach of these Linux training opportunities by awarding five scholarships to computer science students, Linux developers and architects who show incredible promise for helping to shape the future of Linux but do not otherwise have the ability to attend Linux Foundation training courses. Each scholarship will cover the expense for one course from The Linux Foundation's course catalog, a value averaging more than $2,500.
Scholarship applicants are invited to fill out a brief submission form online at: https://training.linuxfoundation.org/2012-linux-training-scholarship-program  Winners will be selected based on demonstrated need, proven interest in working on Linux and their vision for the future of the operating system.
Submissions are due by 12:01 a.m. PT on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 and will be reviewed by The Linux Foundation. Recipients will be notified in early August.
Expanded Linux Training Courses Prepare Next Generation of Enterprise Architects
The Linux Foundation today is also announcing the expansion of its training program to prepare the next generation of enterprise architects. Until now, The Linux Foundation program has been largely focused on developer training. But as Linux use grows to support cloud computing, as well as high availability and high performance enterprise computing, companies need a neutral source for acquiring and sustaining skills in these areas.
The Linux Foundation will provide vendor-neutral, technically advanced training in Linux system administration, networking, security and cloud computing. While there are a variety of enterprise Linux training programs in existence, The Linux Foundation is expanding its program to train enterprises that have technology as the core strategy of their businesses and are optimizing Linux and open source for competitive advantage.
The first classes available from this expanded area of the program include:
- Cloud Architecture and Deployment
- Advanced Performance Tuning
- Linux Security
For more infomration on the enterprise Linux training offerings, please visit: https://training.linuxfoundation.org/courses/linux-system-administration 
These courses will be available to Scholarship winners, as well as developer courses, such as:
- Embedded Linux Development
- Embedded Linux Development: A Crash Course
- Embedded Linux Development with Yocto Project/OpenEmbedded
- Developing Device Drivers
- Linux Kernel Internals and Debugging
- Developing Applications for Linux
- Developing with Git
- Introduction to Linux for Developers
- How to Participate in the Linux Community
“The Linux Foundation exists to protect, promote and advance Linux. Part of the work of advancing the platform is investing in the talent needed to support it,” said Amanda McPherson, vice president of marketing and developer programs at The Linux Foundation. “Our Linux training program has seen a surge in demand since its inception and we’re happy to be able to provide this valuable service, as well as to offer Linux training opportunities to developers who might not otherwise be able to take advantage of them.”
The 2011 Linux Training Scholarship winners can be seen here: https://www.linux.com/news/galleries/linux-foundation-scholarship-winners-the-future-of-linux 
About The Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation  is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. Founded in 2007, the organization sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and promotes, protects and advances the Linux operating system by marshaling the resources of its members and the open source development community. The Linux Foundation provides a neutral forum for collaboration and education by hosting Linux conferences,  including LinuxCon , and generating original Linux research , Linux videos  and content that advances the understanding of the Linux platform. Its web properties, including Linux.com,  reach approximately two million people per month and include important Linux video  resources. The organization also provides extensive Linux training  opportunities that feature the Linux kernel community’s leading experts as instructors. Follow The Linux Foundation on Twitter. 
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