The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, has announced the Linux Foundation Training Program, which will kick off with courses taught at the Linux Foundation's Annual Collaboration Summit April 8-10 in San Francisco.
The effort comes at a time when developers in other sectors are being cut from work rosters and laid off due to the recession. Yet the Linux server market is predicted to reach $50 billion in three years, and the embedded and mobile Linux markets continue to explode, Linux Foundation officials said.
In fact, the freelance marketplace Odesk recently reported that the number of Linux-related jobs posted on its boards has increased more than 1,400 percent since 2006. The Linux Foundation's Training Program will help meet this demand for industry and provide the tools for a new generation of programmers.
"We've received consistent feedback from companies worldwide that the rising number of Linux deployments is putting new demands on a talent pool that needs more Linux-related developers," said Jim Zemlin, executive director at the Linux Foundation. "We believe the Linux Foundation can provide a vendor-neutral forum in which students can learn from the community's most influential contributors in order to drive their careers in more lucrative directions."
Built in concert with its Technical Advisory Board -- which comprises leading maintainers from the Linux community -- the Linux Foundation's Training Program will feature courses taught by some of the community developers. The Linux Foundation's Training program will be vendor-neutral. The Training Program will debut with the following classes: Essential Linux Device Driver Development Skills, Creating Applications for Linux and Kernel Debugging and Performance.
The Training Program will consist of in-person courses at the Linux Foundation's events, including its Collaboration Summit, End User Summit and LinuxCon, in-person classes in cities around the United States and onsite, custom courses for companies that want to ensure their developer core remains current.
Students who register for these first program offerings will get an automatic attendee pass for the Collaboration Summit. For more details, please visit: http://events.linuxfoundation.org/training.