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Linux free course by EDX

edx_smallI received an email today from EDX about their upcoming course on Linux. I usually receive notifications about new courses but this one caught my attention. I checked and indeed there’s an Introduction to Linux course that is being made available as from 1 August 2014 in collaboration with the Linux Foundation. The course is totally free, i.e no cost associated and it’s delivered online.

For those who’re not familiar to EDX or it’s cousin Coursera, it is an online collaboration of several universities to provide quality courses for free. Folks from around the world can register to these courses and upon completion they receive a certificate of merit/achievement or they can also opt for a paid Verified Certificate of Achievement.

Just for info, EDX was initially an open initiative by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). MIT was the first institution to start open learning by providing their courses for free. They started a pilot project called MITx and offered a course in Circuits & Electronics. Later several US universities joined to form EDX. MIT has also been providing their courseware for free through the MIT Open Courseware website.


7 May 2014, 20h23
tux-scholarAs published on Ars Technica, the Introduction to Linux course usually costs $2,400 which is approximately MUR 72,000. Linux comes for free, most tutorials out there come for free and now even a University-class course is coming for free. What more would you need to start learning? Enroll now!

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LUGM mini-meetup … Epic!

While rushing to the bus-stop I missed the Port-Louis bus. That’s how I got late for today’s LUGM mini-meetup. Well, I reached Bagatelle at 13h25. Pawan & Nitin Mutkawoa called me earlier informing they had reached. I saw Nitin sitting opposite to Talking Drums & we went to Mugg & Bean. I called Pawan and told him we’re on the upper floor. It was our lucky day since the table near the power socket was free :) I also called Nirvan since he pinged me earlier after his university class but he was in P. Louis by then.

We ordered some mocha javas and I took a cheese & tomato sandwich. Pawan brought his Acer netbook for a Linux Mint installation. I got a Live pendrive ready and we installed all while having some general chit-chat. Topic then came about blogging and Nitin told us about the issues he was having with his Apache config. He logged on his VPS and I guided him through the WordPress installation.


Photo, courtesy of Yuram
Edited in GIMP :)

Yuram arrived with a power extender which I asked for earlier on facebook. Conversation was full fledged by that time. Jochen joined us through facebook ( yup, I know I should have set up the G+ hangout session :P ). He pointed out several security loopholes in Nitin’s website & the PHP configuration. To see the fun check out Pawan’s status on facebook.

At some point Nitin asked about Binutils & Coreutils. We briefly talked about those. Nitin & Yuram then shared some LPIC preparation tips. I was on the other hand teaching Pawan some basic Linux commands. It was the first time he had hands on a Linux terminal and he was enjoying playing around. In fact, he was so mesmerized with the ease of getting things done through command-line that he installed a shell emulator on his Sony Xperia phone. Everything else was working on his netbook except the WIFI. He has a Broadcomm BCM4312 network adaptor. We needed a wired connection to install the firmware. I gave Pawan the instructions from a previous blog post. He applied the same at home & confirmed me his WIFI is fine now.

Since the beginning of LUGM mini-meetups I told Yuram to get on IRC when needing help. Today I showed them how to connect to IRC servers and join a channel. We connected to the openSUSE channel on freenode and had a quick chat among ourselves. I then helped him signing up to the openSUSE mailing lists.

We had a lot of sporadic topics but we concentrated in helping Pawan getting comfortable with Linux. At the same time we could see Nitin’s head on fire with Jochen’s comments bombarding him on facebook. That was fun & we let him handle those alone :)


Nitin was too busy solving Jochen's puzzles

We finished at 17h00. Everyone smiling & saying that was an epic meetup!