Linux Foundation Debuts Linux Certification Effort
The new certifications mark the first time the Linux Foundation has offered formal certification after years of success with training programs.CHICAGO—The Linux Foundation announced today its first Linux certifications for IT professionals. The new certifications were announced at the LinuxCon conference here, which officially gets under way today. The two new designations are the Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS) and Linux Foundation Certified Engineer (LFCE). The new certifications mark the first time the Linux Foundation itself has offered formal certification. Other organizations including the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) and vendors including Red Hat have been offering Linux certifications for the past decade. Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, told eWEEK that for years his organization has been providing the Linux community with training, tutorials, mentoring programs and other educational outreach efforts. In fact, it was back in 2009 that the Linux Foundation first began its formal training programs. At the time, the Linux Foundation was not interested in doing any formal certification, but times have now changed. "These certification programs are just additional efforts to address the market need," Zemlin said.
Zemlin saw huge demand for Linux training this year with the free introduction to Linux course offered online by the Linux Foundation and edX. Approximately 250,000 students signed up for the course, he said.