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The Linux Foundation and edX Team Up for Intoduction to Linux Class 74

Posted by samzenpus
from the from-the-man-himself dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The Linux Foundation has teamed up with MOOC provider edX to teach an introduction to Linux class. Quoting the course description: 'This course explores the various tools and techniques commonly used by Linux programmers, system administrators and end users to achieve their day-to-day work in a Linux environment. It is designed for experienced computer users who have limited or no previous exposure to Linux, whether they are working in an individual or Enterprise environment.' The course begins on August 1st. In addition to the free version of the course, a verified track is available for students who want a credential with more weight (for a nominal price)." Update: As many have pointed out Linus just did an intro for the class. Headline corrected accordingly.
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The Linux Foundation and edX Team Up for Intoduction to Linux Class

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  • Can't Wait! (Score:5, Funny)

    by Freshly Exhumed (105597) on Wednesday May 21, 2014 @06:58PM (#47061449) Homepage

    The "Talking To Nvidia" lesson oughtta be great!

    • Or the "adding a printer without privs" lesson.

    • "You are n00b because everything you are asking is in the man pages."

      --- Typical response anywhere when asking a "Linux question"

      OR

      "You shouldn't be using [insert your distro] you should be using [insert their distro] because [the distro you are using sucks and here is why] ..."
    • by tezbobobo (879983)
      Or simply talking to anyone, Linus style. I'd love to learn his patented method of psychological, verbal abuse.
  • nuf said.

  • by BenSchuarmer (922752) on Wednesday May 21, 2014 @07:04PM (#47061491)
    lee noox
  • Isn't that this course?: http://linux.slashdot.org/stor... [slashdot.org]

    The edX page for the course still shows Jerry Cooperstein as course staff.

  • Ok it'll be awesome just for the nerd stardom and will raise Linux visibility again. But isn't it basically the Linux user land explained by the kernel lead ? Is kernel that important at this introductory level ?

  • Not so fast... (Score:5, Informative)

    by Cruciform (42896) on Wednesday May 21, 2014 @07:14PM (#47061563) Homepage

    Linus gave an intro speech for the course. That doesn't mean he's going to be teaching it.
    The course staffer is Jerry Cooperstein.

    • Linus gave an intro speech for the course. That doesn't mean he's going to be teaching it.
      The course staffer is Jerry Cooperstein.

      Its just like with the twitter or facebook accounts of politicians or famous people. They give the photo, but the work is done by someone else.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Yeah, I'm not sure how this made Slashdot. Torvalds is most definitely not teaching it. It's Jerry Cooperstein.

    • You got that right. There is a link on upper right to watch an intro video by Linus. Teacher is listed below. You can watch the intro video and save some money.
  • by AceJohnny (253840) <jlargentayeNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Wednesday May 21, 2014 @07:19PM (#47061597) Journal

    Being a good teacher requires a particular set of skills I'm not sure Linus has, such as talking nice to idiots. (I kid! Treating (by definition ignorant) students like idiots is a fatal mistake). But seriously, being an expert in a field doesn't make you a good teacher, see: almost any college professor..

    While this course will definitely get some name-brand recognition, I doubt it'll be better than a myriad other courses that exist already.

    • At least with Linus you can be sure he'll have some clue to what he's talking about. That's not something you can be sure of at a university.

  • Um... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Charliemopps (1157495) on Wednesday May 21, 2014 @07:23PM (#47061633)

    If, while I was busy trying to figure out the latest package dependency hell I was in, I also wanted some asshole yelling "YOUR A FUCKING MORON! WHEN YOU GROW 2 BRAIN CELLS MAYBE YOU COULD FIGURE THIS OUT" over and over again, I think I could find someone cheaper than Linus Torvalds.

    • Re:Um... (Score:5, Funny)

      by c0d3g33k (102699) on Wednesday May 21, 2014 @07:40PM (#47061729)

      Indeed. You could probably find plenty of volunteers right on this site. In fact, I'll go first and point out that Linus never uses ALL CAPS to repeatedly berate someone. He wields his derision as a surgeon wields a scalpel, using proper english and punctuation and rarely if ever repeats himself.

      Stupid git. :-)

      • No mod points today, but parent is spot-on.

        Linus is quite polite until you prove yourself an idiot -- then not so much. He didn't build a community of thousands of contributers by spewing insults at anyone and everyone.

    • Given how many folks have gently pointed out the numerous factual, logical and common sense errors in your previous slashdot posts...I wouldn't be too hasty in casting stones.

  • Those who can't do, teach.....oh, wait

  • If it was a bit more advanced I'd sign up in a heartbeat

    • Wish this was more than just introductory

      Well, that's the only lesson that really counts, "RTFM: man man".

      If it was a bit more advanced I'd sign up in a heartbeat

      You call that Advanced? No, you're thinking Comp. Sec, and that bug got patched.

  • From the course description: "Linux powers 94% of the worldâ(TM)s supercomputers, most of the servers powering the Internet, the majority of financial trades worldwide and a billion Android devices. In short, Linux is everywhere. It appears in many different architectures, from mainframes to server to desktop to mobile and on a staggeringly wide variety of hardware.

    "This course explores the various tools and techniques commonly used by Linux programmers, system administrators and end users to achieve t

  • Shouldn't his name be Gnu-Linus?

    Just saying.

  • OK it's not Linus, but I have been looking for a MOOC which covers Linux at a Stevens level.

    Does anyone know if there is a text book involved? Is so what?

  • NOT taught by Linus? (Score:5, Informative)

    by morethanapapercert (749527) on Wednesday May 21, 2014 @10:37PM (#47062685)
    Linus Torvalds appears to be endorsing this course, which is created by the Linux Foundation. He has a brief into clip on the course page, but in the section for course staff it only lists Jerry Cooperstein Phd who is also the Training Program Director for the Linux Foundation.

    To me this seems like Linus approves of, even endorses this course, but that it is being taught by Dr. Cooperstein. I'll readily concede that the technical value of the course probably isn't hurt by this, but anyone looking to take this course for the chance to interact in any way with Mr. Torvalds is probably going to be disappointed.

    • by Sockatume (732728)

      Slashdot U, where everybody tunes out after the first lesson and the exam is conducted in car analogies.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    LT: You **** *****, this is the biggest pile of **** **** I've ever **** seen in my entire **** life! What ***** **** did you **** ****....

    Me: Wait a minute sir, I'm here to learn Linux.

    LT: Oh sorry, that's down the hall to your right. This is kernel code review.

  • Ok what is intoduction? I can't find it in any dictionary but it's in the title of the post.

  • It's just an online hangout for hipsters, ne'r-do-wells, Makers, gaywads, dorkwads, and losers who don't understand a particular piece of technology. Meanwhile the organizers get clickstreams and relevance.

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