The Linux Foundation has created a certification program for open source software development on Linux and Git.

The Linux Foundation has announced the immediate availability of three new training courses on the edX platform. The first of these is Open Source Software Development: Linux for Developers (LFD107x). The second is Linux Tools for Software Development (LFD108x), and the third is Git for Distributed Software Development (LFD109x). Developers can take the three courses individually. Alternatively, they can combine them to earn a Professional Certificate in Open Source Software Development, Linux and Git.

Open Source Software Development: Linux for Developers (LFD107x) explores the key concepts of developing open source software. It also covers how to work productively in a Linux environment. This course targets computer users with some experience on another operating system, but with limited to no experience working in a Linux environment. It delves into Linux systems, including installation, desktop environments, text editors, important commands and utilities, command shells and scripts, filesystems, and compiling software.

Three courses combine for one certification

The three courses combine into the “Open Source Software Development, Linux and Git” Professional Certificate Program. This is for developers with experience working on any operating system who want to understand the basics of open source software development.

The program surveys how open source software works. This includes advantages of using it, methods of working in OSS communities, governance models and licensing choices. It also delves into Linux systems and Linux tools for developers. This includes installation, desktop environments, text editors, important commands and utilities, command shells and scripts, filesystems and compiling software.

The course also provides a thorough introduction to Git. That is the source control system that arose out of the Linux kernel community. Git enables widely distributed development to operate efficiently.

To earn the professional certificate, participants must enroll in the program, complete all three courses, and pay a verified certificate fee of $149 per course. Students can take each of the three courses through edX in audit mode for no cost for those who do not require a certificate of completion.