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As more companies opt for open source software, many IT pros are looking to brush up on their open source skills or gain totally new ones.
And with Linux being one of the most popular open source platforms Computerworld UK looks at the top Linux training ideal for UK IT pros.
The demand for IT pros with open source skills has grown rapidly in the past few years, resulting in 79 percent of managers increasing incentives to retain their current open source employees, according to The Linux Foundation.
So how do IT professionals get these coveted skills, whether for their own job-hunting purposes or for an employer that needs them? There are numerous opportunities.
Here are nine of the best places to learn Linux and open source skills 2017...
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1. Open source training 2017: The Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation offers various online training courses designed for everyone from introductory to advanced Linux users.
Courses are delivered via a virtual classroom and the site is easily searchable to help users find the right course.
The Linux Foundation classes fall into three categories: Linux programming and development training, enterprise IT and Linux system administration training, and open source compliance courses.
Pricing for virtual classes are in the region of $2,950 (£2,363).
2. Open source training 2017: Udemy
Udemy offers probably the largest range of IT-related courses, from devops and automation to network security management and programming languages.
The main benefit of Udemy is that courses can be filtered by your experience, meaning that you can find a class that is at the right level for you. It offers Linux and more broader open source online classes at a fraction of the price of others listed.
Although, the format and certification of the Udemy courses is definitely limited, meaning that for proper open source certification you should look elsewhere. Udemy is ideal for those wanting to brush up on open source skills or informally learn a new Linux skill online.
Prices start at around £15.
3. Open source training 2017: Linux Professional Institute
The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) offers fully certified online Linux courses from a range of LPI 'partners', including University of Greenwich, University of Birmingham, Firebrand Training Ltd and The Urban Penguin.
Providing hands-on training, LPI partners will offer Linux training and the relevant exams needed for full certification.
The certified courses are intense so are ideal for IT pros wanting to make a career move into open source or implement Linux within their organisation. Those looking for the basics might want to choose a self-paced online class.
4. Open source training 2017: Red Hat
With Red Hat claiming to be the most used open source platform for modern data centres, IT pros might want to consider building their Linux skills via Red Hat's training programmes.
Red Hat offers a variety of open source training courses and certified tests, from Linux to OpenStack. These tests cost about £550 and they can be taken in a physical classroom, online or at your workplace.
But for those just wanting to dip their toe in the open source pool, Red Hat offers Linux 'basics' training for free in a virtual classroom.
5. Open source training 2017: CBT Nuggets
CBT Nuggets offers self-paced, video-led online open source training from open source experts and certified CBT Nugget trainers.
Working on a monthly subscription basis, CBT Nuggets makes all video content available offering training in open source disciplines such as Linux, Ubuntu and Hadoop (to name a few).
CBT Nugget's training features practice exams, virtual labs, offline training (via video downloads) and a variety of supporting documents to supplement the videos.
6. Open source training 2017: Microsoft Virtual Academy
Open source is just one of the many disciplines that the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) offers.
The MVA provides a free online learning resource, and provides numerous videos on open source practices and how this open source training can be implemented within a Microsoft environment.
The MVA is ideal for those running or working within a Microsoft office or those moving to Azure.
The training videos offer modules and assessments with many requiring no prerequisite skills.
7. Open source training 2017: NobleProg
NobleProg offers a large amount of IT training, providing online, classroom and private lessons. Its open source training includes Linux, OpenStack, Hadoop and more.
What's more, NobleProg also provides exam preparation for the Linux Professional Institute Certification.
As an example, an introductory course to Linux will cost around £1,750 to £2,900.
8. Open source training 2017: The Virtual Training Company
The Virtual Training Company (VTC) is an online training provider that offers a broad series of Linux tutorials. Like CBT Nuggets, VTC works on a monthly subscription basis which allows members to have access to its full list of online training videos, working out at over 1,000 video courses in total.
For an independent IT pro, single membership will cost $30 (£24) per month, but for IT managers looking to provide open source training for a whole team it will cost $20 (£16) per user per month.
9. Open source training 2017: Global Knowledge
Global Knowledge is an IT and business training platform that provides training courses across many disciplines and infrastructures.
Offering virtual learning, classroom training and self-paced e-learning resources, Global Knowledge offers open source training through companies such as Hadoop, Cisco and IBM.
Global Knowledge's courses can cost around £2,700 so getting funding from your employer could be a route worth looking at.
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