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Learner Career Outcomes

60%

started a new career after completing these courses

67%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

Shareable Certificate

Earn a Certificate upon completion

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Beginner Level

Approx. 6 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

2 hours to complete

Open Source Software

2 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 35 min)
10 videos
Introduction to Open Source Software Development Methods (Course 1)1m
Module 1 Overview1m
What Is Open Source Software?2m
What Is Proprietary Software?1m
Pragmatism vs Idealism1m
History of Open Source Software5m
Open Source Governance Models3m
Advantages of OSS7m
Successful OSS Projects5m
3 practice exercises
Open Source Software10m
Why Use Open Source Software?10m
Successful OSS Projects: Examples10m
Week
2

Week 2

2 hours to complete

WORKING IN OSS PROJECTS

2 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 24 min), 5 readings, 3 quizzes
6 videos
Contributing to OSS Projects4m
Tips for Successful Contributions3m
Continuous Integration6m
OSS Licenses and Legal Issues4m
Patents and Licenses2m
5 readings
Linux Kernel Continuous Integration Project: An Example1m
The Continuous Delivery Foundation1m
Choosing a License - Additional Resources10m
Combining Licenses2m
Selecting a License (Exercise)20m
3 practice exercises
Working in OSS Projects10m
Continuous Integration10m
OSS Licensing and Legal Issues10m
Week
3

Week 3

2 hours to complete

Building Better OSS Projects

2 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 14 min), 1 reading, 4 quizzes
5 videos
Leadership vs. Control2m
Why Do Many OSS Projects Fail?2m
Diversity in OSS4m
GitHub and Other Hosting Providers3m
1 reading
Create a GitHub Account (Exercise)15m
3 practice exercises
Leadership vs. Control and Why Projects Fail10m
Respecting and Encouraging Diversity in OSS10m
GitHub and Other Hosting Providers10m

About the Open Source Software Development, Linux and Git Specialization

The Open Source Software Development, Linux and Git Specialization will give you a strong foundation for working comfortably and productively in open source development communities. By completing the specialization, you’ll have a better understanding of the Linux environment, as well as methods and tools required to successfully use it, and you’ll know how to use git, the distributed version control system....
Open Source Software Development, Linux and Git

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