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EdX To Host Linux Systems Certification Course

The Linux Foundation and edX are partnering to offer an online course designed to help people become Linux systems administrators.

The nonprofit, whose aim is to foster the growth of collaborative software development, and the online learning platform launched by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology will offer Introduction to Linux Systems Administration (LFS201) to help people develop the skills necessary to begin a career in information technology.

It is the second course the Linux Foundation has made available via edX. The first, a free course, was Introduction to Linux (LFS101), which is a prerequisite for LFS201. The fee for LFS201 will be $499 and includes the registration fee for the Certified System Administrator exam along with the chance to take it one more time if the first attempt is not successful. There will be an introductory discount of $100 through June 17.

Enrollment is now open on and students can begin taking the course August 3. Both the course and the exam certifying its completion can be taken online anytime from anywhere.

The course will include more than 100 labs and hands-on demonstrations.

"Our free Introduction to Linux course on edX brought more than 400,000 new people into the Linux community," said Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin. "Now we're calling on the people who are serious about taking the next step."

edX CEO Anant Agarwal added, "After the tremendous response we saw to LFS101, it is clear there is huge demand among early-career IT professionals for Linux training."

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Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.

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