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LinuxFoundationX: Open Source Software Development: Linux for Developers

Start your open source software (OSS) adventure today by learning the key concepts of developing open source software and how to work productively in a Linux environment.

Open Source Software Development: Linux for Developers
14 weeks
1–2 hours per week
Progress at your own speed
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Starts Feb 22

About this course

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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.

This course will provide you with a strong foundation for working comfortably and productively in open source development communities. By the end of this course, you will have a better understanding of the Linux environment, as well as the methods and tools required to successfully use the Linux environment.

At a glance

  • Institution: LinuxFoundationX
  • Subject: Computer Science
  • Level: Introductory
  • Prerequisites:

    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.

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  • Language: English
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  • Associated skills:Supercomputing, Open-Source Software, Open Source Technology, Space Stations, Linux, Diversity Management, Git (Version Control System), Integration, File Systems, Open Source Development, Operating Systems, User Accounts, Command-Line Interface

What you'll learn

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  • 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.

This course is part ofOpen Source Software Development, Linux and Git Professional Certificate Program

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11 months
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