OU announces Linux course
Starting in May, registration for the first ten week course closes on the 24th of April. The course will cost £185 for students in the UK. The OU gives a second start date of October 2010, although registration for that date is not yet open, and in future hopes to run the course twice a year.
According to the OU, students will download and use Ubuntu, Damn Small Linux and Virtualbox as part of the coursework. A web browser that can play Flash and Shockwave content is required to participate in the online activities of the course.
Subjects covered by the course include:
- Installation of Linux
- Updating and managing the operating system
- Basics of the command line environment
- Working with Linux file systems
- Structure of Linux and similar operating systems
- History of Linux and other operating systems
- Basic web server set-up
- Users and user group management
- Set up Linux to suit personal preferences
- Lower level-functions of Linux
- First principles of Linux systems security
- Appreciation of the purpose and quality of the open source community.
The OU says that students successfully completing this course will be in a position to take the CompTIA Linux+ certification, an internationally recognised work-based qualification.