500 students have just started the Open University's first Linux course, and now have 70 days to master the basic skills of installation, configuration and software management. This is a real chance for a lot of people to get a solid qualification in Linux, and also to participate in a (relatively) small, helpful community that is all learning Linux at the same time. But what surprises me most is the fact that the course cost just £180, which pays for all the materials, plus tutor contact time and marking of your final assignment.
I've joined the course too, and will be writing about it in the magazine as time goes by. If you're on the course too, do say hello - I'd love to profile a few students in LXF to get a good understanding of what people hope to get out of the course. I'm really hoping that all the students will seize the few days they have on this course to try everything, break everything, and ask everything they can to give themselves a firm grounding in Linux, because it seems to me the ideal environment for doing so.
Enrolment is already open for the next course in October and is starting to fill up, so have a look on the OU site and see what you think!