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The Linux Foun­da­tion will of­fer a Linux de­vel­op­ment course on edX, the mas­sive open on­line course (MOOC) plat­form de­vel­oped by the Mas­sachusetts In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (MIT) and Har­vard Univer­sity. The move is part of an edX ef­fort to ex­pand its course of­fer­ings to in­clude con­tent from non-aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions.

The MOOC will of­fer the same ma­te­rial that is taught in its ‘In­tro­duc­tion to Linux’ class. Its con­tent is de­signed for people with lit­tle to no ex­pe­ri­ence in Linux and open source. People can start tak­ing the MOOC this sum­mer; the pre­cise date will be an­nounced next month.

The MOOC Linux class will be free and avail­able to any­one with a Web con­nec­tion, though the foun­da­tion nor­mally charges US$ 2,500 for the course that is al­ready taught on­line and in per­son via au­tho­rised train­ing part­ners.

Pre­vi­ously, all edX con­tent came from the Linux Foun­da­tion’s 32 mem­ber schools that in­clude Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia (Berke­ley), Dart­mouth Col­lege and McGill Univer­sity.

The non-aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions that will join the edX ex­er­cise in­clude In­ter­na­tional Mon­e­tary Fund, The Smith­so­nian In­sti­tu­tion and In­ter-Amer­i­can De­vel­op­ment Bank. Seven aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions that joined edX mem­bers are from the likes of Col­gate Univer­sity, Hamil­ton Col­lege and Open Course­ware Con­sor­tium.

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