Introduction to Open Source Development, Git, and Linux

Learn how to develop open source software. This course focuses on open source software, an introduction to Linux systems and the use of Git, the revision control system.

Audience

This course is addressed to those who are already experienced computer users and developers on another operating system, but have limited or no experience working in a Linux environment; and/or have already done some work on Linux systems and are looking to gain a good working grasp of Git.

Prerequisites

  • Experience as a developer on any operating system
  • Experience in working at the command line is not necessary, but would be helpful
  • A Linux system is necessary, either a physical or a virtual machine, and any modern distribution will work. Please note that installation instructions are provided in the course material, if needed.
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Course Description

Open source software has become the dominant model for how the world's technology infrastructure operates, from the smallest microprocessor to the largest supercomputers. Use of Open Source Software leads to better and faster development. Widespread collaboration puts more eyeballs on your code and has transformed the way people and corporations think and how things get done today.

In the first part of this course, we will survey how open source software works, including advantages of using it, methods of working in OSS communities, governance models and licensing choices.

In the second part of this course, we consider Linux systems and cover a wide set of topics, including installation, desktop environments, text editors, important commands and utilities, command shells and scripts, file systems and compiling software.

In the third part, we give a thorough introduction to Git, the source control system that arose out of the Linux kernel community, that enables widely distributed development to operate efficiently.

In just a few years, Git has risen to become the dominant system on the planet for collaborative development, with literally millions of projects using it.

This course will take between 50 and 60 hours to complete and contains 43 hands-on lab exercises that will allow you to practice your skills, as well as a similar number of knowledge check quizzes, and more than 20 videos showing you how to accomplish important tasks.

In this course you will:

  • Obtain a strong foundation for working comfortably and productively in open source development communities
  • Learn to work comfortably and productively in a Linux environment
  • Master important​ Linux methods and requisite tools
  • Learn to use Git to create new repositories or clone existing ones
  • Learn to use Git to commit new changes, review revision histories, and examine differences with older versions
  • Learn to use Git to work with different branches, merge repositories, and work with a distributed development team.

Why Train With The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is the go-to source for training on virtually every aspect of Linux and many other open source technologies. Here are a few things that make us the right choice to be your training partner:

  1. We are the non-profit organization that hosts Linux and many other open source projects, employs Linux creator Linus Torvalds and hosts kernel.org (where all Linux kernel updates are released).
  2. Being so close to the kernel, we are constantly updating our training to ensure that we are teaching you the most up-to-date information. Linux Foundation Training is unique in that all our training courses are designed to work on all major Linux distributions (including RedHat, Ubuntu and SUSE).
  3. We don't sell any software or support services so there's no hidden sales agenda in our material. Our only goal is to help you learn the material.
  4. When you train with The Linux Foundation, you're learning from instructors who are comfortable across all major Linux distributions and can answer student questions regardless of the distribution you're USING FOR the class. You are truly learning FROM the experts.

Our Training Options

  • Corporate On-Site

    All our instructor-led courses can be delivered at your office for private, on-site training. Contact us for more information.

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  • Virtual

    These live, instructor-led sessions are delivered over screenshare with phone audio, if needed. Classes typically run from 9am-5pm US Central unless otherwise stated.

  • Classroom

    Our classroom courses are delivered in conveniently located training centers by an expert instructor. Please check the specific course date for exact location, duration, and start time.