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The Linux Foundation and edX Team Up for Intoduction to Linux Class

samzenpus posted about 4 months ago | from the from-the-man-himself dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "The Linux Foundation has teamed up with MOOC provider edX to teach an introduction to Linux class. Quoting the course description: 'This course explores the various tools and techniques commonly used by Linux programmers, system administrators and end users to achieve their day-to-day work in a Linux environment. It is designed for experienced computer users who have limited or no previous exposure to Linux, whether they are working in an individual or Enterprise environment.' The course begins on August 1st. In addition to the free version of the course, a verified track is available for students who want a credential with more weight (for a nominal price)." Update: As many have pointed out Linus just did an intro for the class. Headline corrected accordingly.

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Can't Wait! (5, Funny)

Freshly Exhumed (105597) | about 4 months ago | (#47061449)

The "Talking To Nvidia" lesson oughtta be great!

Re:Can't Wait! (2)

NotInHere (3654617) | about 4 months ago | (#47061555)

Or the "adding a printer without privs" lesson.

Man Pages (0)

TrollstonButterbeans (2914995) | about 5 months ago | (#47062775)

"You are n00b because everything you are asking is in the man pages."

--- Typical response anywhere when asking a "Linux question"

OR

"You shouldn't be using [insert your distro] you should be using [insert their distro] because [the distro you are using sucks and here is why] ..."

Re:Man Pages (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47063317)

Well ain't that true! But I still use Linux, though...

Re:Can't Wait! (1)

tezbobobo (879983) | about 5 months ago | (#47065693)

Or simply talking to anyone, Linus style. I'd love to learn his patented method of psychological, verbal abuse.

Teh Awesome (1)

Dishwasha (125561) | about 4 months ago | (#47061465)

nuf said.

Not sure I want the abuse (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47061481)

Linus is incredibly clever and dedicated, but the first assignment you hand in with a mistake is likely to cause a torrent of abuse from him.

Re:Not sure I want the abuse (0)

rogoshen1 (2922505) | about 4 months ago | (#47061609)

Yeah I was going to say; how much extra do you have to pay for him to berate you over a triviality?

Re:Not sure I want the abuse (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47061761)

That would be a GREAT thing though.
Dickish, creative and smart teachers are the best combination.

He won't stand around and sugar-coat crap for you, which is great.
Teachers that sit around and waste time are the biggest reason the education system is a massive failure in the US, UK and some parts of Europe.
Teachers that actually engage you and tell you that you fucked up quite openly are a godsend and sadly all too rare these days.
Teachers that actually go, "this whole curriculum is terrible, here is how I will be doing it instead" and do a whole 180 and manage to get great passes all around. (that new science teacher taught is more in 1.5 years than the other did in the previous 4 years!)
He broke down the very basics and rebuilt it, and even the generally thick-ish people in the class began to understand it.

My English teacher was fantastic for that, he was like a typical Educating Rita style teacher, outside of the drinking and smoking part.
I remember he suggested to write a review on The Commitments, the best. Plus, I got to write, "There's nothin' good abou' gettin' sand on your knob."
He was straight to the point, taught his classes well, and everyone liked him afterwards for it.

I'd get taught by Linus.
Let's see how he loves teaching me the wonders of Gentoo.

Re:Not sure I want the abuse (1)

Buck Feta (3531099) | about 5 months ago | (#47063309)

Teachers that sit around and waste time are the biggest reason the education system is a massive failure in the US, UK and some parts of Europe.

You've attended enough schools in enough of the US, UK, and Europe to be able to make that claim? No, of course you haven't, coward. Sit down and shut up.
The rest of your post reads like a wannabe's Hollywood script.

Re:Not sure I want the abuse (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47061889)

Linus is incredibly clever and dedicated, but the first assignment you hand in with a mistake is likely to cause a torrent of abuse from him.

Thats the great thing about torrents, the burden is shared.

Course lesson 1.01: Yelling (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47061483)

Today: Linus teaches how insult and yell at a developer through a single lined email.

Tomorrow: Why git is git.

Jokes aside this is great for Linus and the community.

Repeat after me: (3, Funny)

BenSchuarmer (922752) | about 4 months ago | (#47061491)

lee noox

Re:Repeat after me: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47061987)

He is amazing!

http://www.ning.spruz.com/pt/Linus-Torvalds.5-21-2014/wiki.htm

Re:Repeat after me: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47064369)

lee noox

Agnuie Leenoox? That name looks familiar!

Linus taking over the course from the other guy? (1)

CronoCloud (590650) | about 4 months ago | (#47061497)

Isn't that this course?: http://linux.slashdot.org/stor... [slashdot.org]

The edX page for the course still shows Jerry Cooperstein as course staff.

Re:Linus taking over the course from the other guy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47061953)

I'm confused, too. I registered for that original course, taught by Jerry Cooperstein. When I log in and click the link to the new course, it says that I'm registered in it. But it says it's being taught by Jerry Cooperstein -- not Linus Torvalds.

Just a nitpick (1)

makapuf (412290) | about 4 months ago | (#47061513)

Ok it'll be awesome just for the nerd stardom and will raise Linux visibility again. But isn't it basically the Linux user land explained by the kernel lead ? Is kernel that important at this introductory level ?

Oh, Computers! You so crazy! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47061525)

Why does an introductory Linux course need to be taught by Linus? Seems any Devry grad worth his salt can do the job.

Re:Oh, Computers! You so crazy! (5, Funny)

wulper (788005) | about 4 months ago | (#47061565)

well, maybe he wants to do such a course. OR maybe the LinuxFoundation needs money and thought a course taught by some celebrity will provide more of it. whatever, I think it's cool. ..but I'd rather have Bill Gates explaining how to set up an home network on Windows 95. Just for my private, perverse enjoyment.

Re:Oh, Computers! You so crazy! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47062547)

Just for my private, perverse enjoyment.

Thanks, got it

- NSA/GCHQ

Re:Oh, Computers! You so crazy! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47061995)

Probably because any dev worth their salt has been clamoring for features and implementation of basic necessities for being able to develop drivers on the thing. Apparently having a device driver survive 2 weeks for a video card is a no no for torvalds.

Free (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47061551)

RMS charges $45 [fsf.org] for his emacs manual, and Linus gives his course away for free? This must be wrong! Linus has chosen GPLv2, and therefore fell to the dark side of the FLOSS, but RMS has upgraded to GPLv3, he even wrote it!

Not so fast... (5, Informative)

Cruciform (42896) | about 4 months ago | (#47061563)

Linus gave an intro speech for the course. That doesn't mean he's going to be teaching it.
The course staffer is Jerry Cooperstein.

Re:Not so fast... (1)

NotInHere (3654617) | about 4 months ago | (#47061611)

Linus gave an intro speech for the course. That doesn't mean he's going to be teaching it.
The course staffer is Jerry Cooperstein.

Its just like with the twitter or facebook accounts of politicians or famous people. They give the photo, but the work is done by someone else.

Re:Not so fast... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47061989)

Yeah, I'm not sure how this made Slashdot. Torvalds is most definitely not teaching it. It's Jerry Cooperstein.

Re:Not so fast... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47062273)

> Yeah, I'm not sure how this made Slashdot

You must be new here. Taking more than five minutes to research and post a story here would take time away from their hobbies (which for samzenpus would include sodomizing boy scouts, huffing gasoline, and setting hobos on fire).

Re:Not so fast... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47062777)

I think you mean sodomizing hobos, huffing boy scouts and setting gasoline on fire.

Re:Not so fast... (1)

cyberspittle (519754) | about 5 months ago | (#47062077)

You got that right. There is a link on upper right to watch an intro video by Linus. Teacher is listed below. You can watch the intro video and save some money.

Re:Not so fast... (3, Informative)

blue trane (110704) | about 5 months ago | (#47062867)

MOOCs are free. There's the "verified" option that costs a nominal fee, but you don't have to choose it.

Creator != Teacher (2)

AceJohnny (253840) | about 4 months ago | (#47061597)

Being a good teacher requires a particular set of skills I'm not sure Linus has, such as talking nice to idiots. (I kid! Treating (by definition ignorant) students like idiots is a fatal mistake). But seriously, being an expert in a field doesn't make you a good teacher, see: almost any college professor..

While this course will definitely get some name-brand recognition, I doubt it'll be better than a myriad other courses that exist already.

Re:Creator != Teacher (1)

Charliemopps (1157495) | about 4 months ago | (#47061641)

At least with Linus you can be sure he'll have some clue to what he's talking about. That's not something you can be sure of at a university.

Um... (3, Insightful)

Charliemopps (1157495) | about 4 months ago | (#47061633)

If, while I was busy trying to figure out the latest package dependency hell I was in, I also wanted some asshole yelling "YOUR A FUCKING MORON! WHEN YOU GROW 2 BRAIN CELLS MAYBE YOU COULD FIGURE THIS OUT" over and over again, I think I could find someone cheaper than Linus Torvalds.

Re:Um... (4, Funny)

c0d3g33k (102699) | about 4 months ago | (#47061729)

Indeed. You could probably find plenty of volunteers right on this site. In fact, I'll go first and point out that Linus never uses ALL CAPS to repeatedly berate someone. He wields his derision as a surgeon wields a scalpel, using proper english and punctuation and rarely if ever repeats himself.

Stupid git. :-)

Mod parent up (2)

Prien715 (251944) | about 5 months ago | (#47062253)

No mod points today, but parent is spot-on.

Linus is quite polite until you prove yourself an idiot -- then not so much. He didn't build a community of thousands of contributers by spewing insults at anyone and everyone.

Re:Mod parent up (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47063471)

He didn't build a community of thousands of contributers by spewing insults at anyone and everyone.

Most of those "contributors" are paid to do so by their respective companies. It's not the insults that put him over the top. It's the death wishes. He's an immature asshole and he's also Finnish. If you spent any time living in Finland you'd understand.

Um... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47061823)

It would be inappropriate to hire a candidate just because he is cheaper. However, if you add the requirement that the candidate also be fluent in Finnish . . .

Re:Um... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47061885)

Wow! I didn't know the linux kernel had package dependencies!?! I really have been doing it wrong this past decade.

Go try the dist. dev mailing list before jumping into the pool with the sharks. Flotation devices aren't allowed!

Re:Um... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47062635)

It DOES have dependencies tho....a compiler etc

Re:Um... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47062717)

Also libc if I remember correctly. I remember having to upgrade glibc in order to install new kernels. This was back in the 2.4 and 2.6 days, I'm not so sure about today.

Re:Um... (1)

theskipper (461997) | about 5 months ago | (#47062055)

Given how many folks have gently pointed out the numerous factual, logical and common sense errors in your previous slashdot posts...I wouldn't be too hasty in casting stones.

Re:Um... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47062355)

Umm dufus, what dependency hell in the kernel? Next time you want to sound l33t, mention a race condition in the scheduler or something like that. Then everybody will give you the hug that your mommy withheld for so many years.

Re:Um... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47062669)

tar, make, mkinitcpio for ram disk, compiler, c library blah blah blah

take that! mr l33t ;)

Re:Um... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47063017)

next time you want to troll try not to be totally pants on head, shit your pants when you tie your shoe fucking retarded

k? thx

You know what they say (2)

Tablizer (95088) | about 4 months ago | (#47061685)

Those who can't do, teach.....oh, wait

Linus teaching introduction Linux? RIGHT..... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47061739)

What could possibly go wrong?

Cussing at students because they are ignorant and stupid is not a recipe for successful learning in most cases. Generally, teaching an "introduction" to anything requires answering a while bunch of inane and stupid questions from students who lack the experience and skill to know their questions are inane and stupid, and giving the answer for essentially the same question over and over without making any of your students feel like you think they are ignorant or stupid.

Somehow, this just doesn't seem to play to Linus' strengths, unless his goal is to scare off the 90% who are smart enough to realize they are being abused and totally indoctrinate the dumb 10% that remain into Linux and Git zealots.

So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47061841)

So you can get berated by an asshole when you ask a question or are unsure of how to do something. Yep. About the experience I get from the linux community at large. Based on some stories about how Torvalds treats his kernel develops I've read on this site, it sounds like lessons from Linus would be akin to being fucked up the ass by two pine cones.

Linux or GNU (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47061863)

Can you actually *use* linux? I had the impression that many of the command-line application-type thingies were predominantly part of the GNU OS and that linux was just the thing that talked to the hardware behind the scenes... or what fundamental thing am I missing here?

Re: Linux or GNU (1)

Anonymous Psychopath (18031) | about 5 months ago | (#47062045)

The pedantic GNU/Linux war is long over. It's like going around telling everyone that the tomato is a fruit; technically true but of no practical use.

Re: Linux or GNU (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47062249)

A tomato is both a vegetable and a fruit. Vegetable is strictly a culinary term, and has no scientific definition (vegetation is not the same.) Fruit is both a scientific term, and a culinary term. A tomato is scientifically a fruit, and culinary a vegetable.

Re:Linux or GNU (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47062211)

What a homo

Re:Linux or GNU (1)

armanox (826486) | about 5 months ago | (#47062531)

Yes you can have Linux without GNU. The GNU components are not required - you can use Linux with other userlands (see Android, Mastodon Linux, and uClinux).

Re:Linux or GNU (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47064401)

Well, uClinux is actually just a kernel itself, a fork of Linux which requires no MMU. You were probably referring to BusyBox, which may accompany it (or Linux proper) in embedded systems as userland part of its operating system.

Avoid this edx course. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47061903)

This is a festival of (hundreds of) different links all alswering dozens of different questions! Get yourself a good Linux online tutorial, and work through it, while avoiding the certificates, log-in and sign-up problems, auditing and all the rest. You'll be glad you avoided the uneducated moeons who designed this "course".

Wish this was more than just introductory (1)

nyet (19118) | about 5 months ago | (#47061933)

If it was a bit more advanced I'd sign up in a heartbeat

Re:Wish this was more than just introductory (1)

VortexCortex (1117377) | about 5 months ago | (#47064651)

Wish this was more than just introductory

Well, that's the only lesson that really counts, "RTFM: man man".

If it was a bit more advanced I'd sign up in a heartbeat

You call that Advanced? No, you're thinking Comp. Sec, and that bug got patched.

Ignorance is not idiocy. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47062197)

That's what the subject says.

Will probaby spread a bundle of wrong information (1, Interesting)

aNonnyMouseCowered (2693969) | about 5 months ago | (#47062263)

From the course description: "Linux powers 94% of the worldâ(TM)s supercomputers, most of the servers powering the Internet, the majority of financial trades worldwide and a billion Android devices. In short, Linux is everywhere. It appears in many different architectures, from mainframes to server to desktop to mobile and on a staggeringly wide variety of hardware.

"This course explores the various tools and techniques commonly used by Linux programmers, system administrators and end users to achieve their day-to-day work in a Linux environment. It is designed for experienced computer users who have limited or no previous exposure to Linux, whether they are working in an individual or Enterprise environment."

So with Linux powering Android, supercomputers and Fedora/Ubuntu/name-your-favorite-desktop, just what is this course supposed to teach? System administration? How to add users in Android? How to "root" Ubuntu? The stuff that's common across the various incarnations of Linux is probably going to be so low-level as to be of interest only kernel developers. That or it's going to be so high level you can get more information just reading Wikipedia.

Re:Will probaby spread a bundle of wrong informati (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47063385)

The stuff that's common across the various incarnations of Linux is probably going to be so low-level as to be of interest only kernel developers. That or it's going to be so high level you can get more information just reading Wikipedia.

This is absolute nonsense. Differences between distros center mainly around:

1. Different package managers
2. Locations of certain files
3. Configuration (e.g. YaST, sysconfig, etc.)

Ha (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47062387)

Does he call you a "fucking dumbass" if you ask the wrong question?

I'd rather learn from a street bum than that pompous prick.

Linux taught by Linus (1)

formfeed (703859) | about 5 months ago | (#47062501)

Shouldn't his name be Gnu-Linus?

Just saying.

Re:Linux taught by Linus (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47062737)

This site aint called dash dot, its called slash dot!
So: GNU/Linus!

Still (1)

MouseTheLuckyDog (2752443) | about 5 months ago | (#47062633)

OK it's not Linus, but I have been looking for a MOOC which covers Linux at a Stevens level.

Does anyone know if there is a text book involved? Is so what?

NOT taught by Linus? (4, Informative)

morethanapapercert (749527) | about 5 months ago | (#47062685)

Linus Torvalds appears to be endorsing this course, which is created by the Linux Foundation. He has a brief into clip on the course page, but in the section for course staff it only lists Jerry Cooperstein Phd who is also the Training Program Director for the Linux Foundation.

To me this seems like Linus approves of, even endorses this course, but that it is being taught by Dr. Cooperstein. I'll readily concede that the technical value of the course probably isn't hurt by this, but anyone looking to take this course for the chance to interact in any way with Mr. Torvalds is probably going to be disappointed.

Re:NOT taught by Linus? (1)

Sockatume (732728) | about 5 months ago | (#47063973)

Slashdot U, where everybody tunes out after the first lesson and the exam is conducted in car analogies.

My first day in the classroom (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47062853)

LT: You **** *****, this is the biggest pile of **** **** I've ever **** seen in my entire **** life! What ***** **** did you **** ****....

Me: Wait a minute sir, I'm here to learn Linux.

LT: Oh sorry, that's down the hall to your right. This is kernel code review.

Already been slashdotted once (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47063069)

http://linux.slashdot.org/story/14/03/08/2258208/2400-introduction-to-linux-course-will-be-free-and-online-this-summer

its been 10 weeks so we need this storyrecycled? Will they recycle it again since it doesn't start until Aug 1???

... Intoduction to Linux Class (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47063781)

> Update: As many have pointed out Linus just did an intro for the class. Headline corrected accordingly.

> The Linux Foundation and edX Team Up for Intoduction to Linux Class

You might want to try that one more time ...

Intoduction? what the hell? (1)

davonshire (94424) | about 5 months ago | (#47064769)

Ok what is intoduction? I can't find it in any dictionary but it's in the title of the post.

Spellcheck on headlines perhaps? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47065531)

I'm pretty sure that's not how you spell introduction

Practical Knowledge (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47065679)

Do you think they would go over getting your WiFi to work? I've been wanting to switch to Linux ever since I got a new laptop with Windows 8, but I can't get the WiFi card to work. I figured if I was going to be irritated about a UI anyway, that I might as well give Unity a second chance.

P.S. Fuck Beta.

The cost of the Verified Certificate "nominal fee" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47067473)

I inquired about the cost of the Verified Certificate course and got the following response:

Thank you for your interest in edX and Introduction to Linux. The minimum fee for the verified certificate is $250. You can absolutely still participate without paying for the verified certificate - just choose to either audit the course or to receive an honor code certificate. Both of these options are free.

To choose an honor code certificate in a verified course, click "Register". You'll be brought to a Select Track page. Here, scroll down and choose the blue text: "Why do I have to pay? What if I don't meet all the requirements?" You will see the option for an honor code certificate.

Please let me know if you have any other questions and enjoy the course!

MOOC sucks (1)

Gothmolly (148874) | about 5 months ago | (#47081037)

It's just an online hangout for hipsters, ne'r-do-wells, Makers, gaywads, dorkwads, and losers who don't understand a particular piece of technology. Meanwhile the organizers get clickstreams and relevance.

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