Linux OpenCourseWare Educational Site Rankings

It pays to know how to use the Linux operating system for two reasons: it's free and it's more diverse than most operating systems. This list provides the best sources for Linux OpenCourseWare education. Schools offering Computer Systems Administration degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

#1 IBM

IBM's developerWorks website is the ultimate resource for the Linux user ( IBM provides a host of learning resources, including Linux training with short tutorials, open source projects and prep for the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) exam. Additionally, IBM has answers to many frequently asked questions about Linux and forums where you can interact with other Linux users.

#2 Novell

Novell provides up-to-date education for current and aspiring Linux professionals through its on-demand training site ( Course topics include migrating from Red Hat Enterprise Linux to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 and fundamentals of the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10. These courses were developed by Novell Training Services and include video lectures, PDF self-study documents and PDF lab workbooks.

#3 University of California at Davis

Professor Norman Matloff, a professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of California at Davis, has created an online Linux Tutorial Center on the department's website ( The resources available on this site can be used by both beginners and advanced users. Online materials include a complete installation guide for Linux and courses with syllabi, notes, and homework assignments.

#4 is an open Linux user forum that offers free Linux tutorials for beginner, intermediate and advanced users. These tutorials are text based and some include screen shots. It's free to sign up and become a member of the forum, which is useful if you want to ask questions or post your own content.

#5 Linux Foundation

One of the best sites for learning Linux is the Linux Foundation website ( Although the courses offered by the foundation are not free, there are free training publications on this site that cover topics in Linux security, embedded Linux, and migrating from different operating systems. Additionally, free webinars and video tutorials are available to help developers, systems administrators and those who want to migrate from Unix to Linux.

#6 Virtual Training Company

The Virtual Training Company ( charges for most of the courses they offer, but you can take advantage of their free video tutorials, which are meant to help you evaluate their training. The free Introduction to Linux course in video form can be viewed directly on the site.

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