About this Specialization

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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.
Learner Career Outcomes
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Flexible Schedule

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Beginner Level

Approx. 4 months to complete

Suggested 4 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English
Learner Career Outcomes
60%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.

Shareable Certificate

Earn a Certificate upon completion

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

Approx. 4 months to complete

Suggested 4 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English

There are 4 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Open Source Software Development Methods

4.5
stars
419 ratings
98 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Linux for Developers

4.4
stars
351 ratings
76 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Linux Tools for Developers

4.5
stars
199 ratings
33 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Using Git for Distributed Development

4.5
stars
153 ratings
29 reviews

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The Linux Foundation

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  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.

  • We estimate that it takes about 60-70 hours, on average, to complete the specialization.

  • Experience as a developer on any operating system.

    Experience in working at the command line is not necessary, but would be helpful.

  • We recommend that you do take the courses in order.

  • 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.

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