The Linux Foundation has announced that it will work with non-profit online learning site edX to provide an "Introduction to Linux" course free and open to all this summer. edX is governed by Harvard and MIT. This introductory class normally costs $2,400 and will be the first from the Linux Foundation to run as a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). There will also be no limit to enrollment. The course requires no prerequisites and will take between 40 - 60 hours to complete.
"Our mission is to advance Linux and that includes ensuring we have a talent pool of Linux professionals," said The Linux Foundation in its announcement. "To widen that talent pool and give more people access to the opportunities in the Linux community and IT industry, we are making our training program more accessible to users worldwide."
If all goes well The Linux Foundation may consider making more courses available on edX in the future.
You can read the announcement here.
Source: Ars Technica