Build Your Career by Learning Linux

I may be compensated through the links in the post below, but the opinions are my own.

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For Success in the High-Tech World, Knowing the Linux Operating System Ranks at the Top. Here Is One Way to Get Started!

“Then I said, ‘Shove it up your Windows!'”

Years ago, I taught myself Linux through books and experimentation. I did it out of necessity. With the help of my computer savvy son, we set up two FreeBSD (Unix-like) machines for running the ComputorEdge site and e-mail servers. After getting the computers up and running, I assumed the responsibility for loading and configuring the software, plus maintaining the systems. Since the equipment resided at a co-location facility, I needed to know how to remotely access them with my Windows computers.


Linux or one of the many Unix-like variations dominates the world of non-Windows computers. Android which runs on most smart phones began with the Linux kernel. Even the Apple Mac uses the Unix-like FreeBSD as its base. These variations sprung out of Bell Labs’ Unix, the granddaddy of all these operating systems. Anyone who wants a high-tech career has a reason to learn how to use Linux—even if they specialize in Windows.

If you pick up computers quickly, then reading books and searching the Web gives you the ability to solve most Linux problems. But, on the downside, without comprehensive training, many Linux features and tricks get overlooked. Teaching yourself Linux falls into the hit-or-miss category. All too often after seeing a new trick, I slapped my head, saying to myself, “I could have done that all along!”

We partnered with The Linux Foundation because they offer help for people who understand the importance of becoming a Linux guru.

Linux: The Backbone of the Internet

Most people don’t realize that the free Linux operating system supports the bulk of the Internet servers and embedded devices. From The Linux Foundation:

  • Of the top one million domains, Linux is the operating system for over 95% of them
  • Over 80% of smartphones run Android, which is based on the Linux kernel
  • Of the top 500 fastest supercomputers in the world, more than 98% of them run on Linux
  • Most of the global markets are running on Linux, including NYSE, NASDAQ, London Exchange, Tokyo Stock Exchange, and more
  • The majority of consumer electronic devices use Linux for its small footprint
    More than 75% of cloud-enabled enterprises report using Linux as their primary cloud platform
  • Linux is the go-to infrastructure supporting the world’s e-commerce leaders, including Amazon, Ebay, Paypal, Walmart, and others

These facts alone are enough to convince anyone who wants a career in high-tech that they should learn how to work in a Linux environment—even if working directly with other operating systems such as Microsoft Windows. Not only does Linux enhance your résumé, but it makes you a more valuable systems employee.

Linux Jobs

linuxjobsinfoIf you have doubts about the usefulness of learning Linux then check out this Open Source Jobs Report. In 2015 they called it the Linux Jobs Report. I can only guess that they changed the name to make the report more inclusive of the vast variety of open source software including Apache Web servers, e-mail servers, and many other free packages which also run under Linux.

Okay, maybe this makes the case for learning Linux, but how do you know whether it’s right for you? Fortunately, you can get a peek at the operating system without it costing you a penny.

Free Linux Training Course at The Linux Foundation

Per Wikipedia, “The Linux Foundation is a non-profit technology trade association chartered to promote, protect and advance Linux and collaborative development.” They offer a free introductory online course which takes you a long way toward understanding Linux. Although I didn’t enroll in the free training, looking over the course outline  (below) convinces me that anyone who completes the sessions knows whether they should further pursue a Linux education.

Course Outline, “Introduction to Linux”:

The Linux Foundation
Linux Philosophy and Concepts
Linux Structure and Installation
Graphical Interface
System Configuration From The Graphical Interface
Finding Linux Documentation
Command Line Operators
File Operations
User Environment
Text Editors
Local Security Principles
Network Operations
Manipulating Text
Bash Shell Scripting
Advanced Bash Scripting
Common Applications

Possibly merely looking at this course outline helps make the decision for you.

Free Videos for Understanding Linux

Maybe you just want to sit back and watch for free while learning. These free 12 to 15-minute videos give you a taste of various aspects of Linux and the content of the specific training sessions. While not complete courses, the videos offer enough of a peek to decide whether you should invest in Linux to broaden your future career.

Want a Linux Career?

If you decide to dig deeper into Linux, The Linux Foundation offers many other paid follow-on courses with or without certifications, such as Essentials of System Administration, for as little as $299. The more extensive courses may run as much as $2950 for a four to five-day virtual or in-classroom course. (Currently, the more expensive courses include a free Chromebook.)

If you prefer the experience of the live classroom, The Linux Foundation runs face-to-face classes in a number of cities (including Stockholm).

Linux isn’t for everyone, but if you’re a natural techie, becoming a Linux expert increases your prospects.


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