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Free Linux course for schools and colleges launched by Cisco and The Open University partnership

November 3, 2014

Cisco Systems, in collaboration with The Open University, is launching an initiative to enable schools, colleges and other specialist educational establishments around the UK to teach Linux skills for free, as part of Cisco’s Networking Academy programme.

Now considered to be the one of the most popular computer operating systems, Linux can be found on smart phones, super computers, web servers and running many of the top ecommerce sites around the globe. The Open University will be helping teachers to develop their skills in Linux and deliver the course to their students.

This is an excellent opportunity for schools to be able to gain resources that will enable their students to gain industry recognised skills.

The programme is being delivered to educational institutions via a cloud-based online system developed by lab providers NDG. This means there is no investment required in specialist hardware or software and the resources are available 24/7.

Students who complete the course, developed in collaboration with the Linux Professional Institute, can also be tested for an industry-recognised ‘Linux Essentials’ certificate.

If you are interested in your educational establishment joining this programme, more information can be found at

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  1. Having just received a spam email about this – thinking it was a scam, and therefore doing a web search to verify it, I am very surprised to find it is apparently not a fake. Needless to say, as my first email about this was spam, I am not inclined to take part in it, although I am a Linux educator myself, and could have helped deliver the courses. For reference, the spam was sent by bquinn [domain removed] and the original, including full headers, can be supplied should you wish to take action!

    • Nuno Guarda

      Thanks for bringing this up Annie. From your message I understand you may have received an e-mail sent by LPI related with this same opportunity and I’m sorry if it was spam. I’ll contact you directly to further discuss this.

  2. how can Nigeria students/institution benefit from this offer.

    • Nuno Guarda

      Reach out to your CSR Manager or visit and become part of the group.

  3. Hi all

    Sorry for taking so long to contribute to this excellent discussion, been busy collecting wonderful volunteers and speaking with potential Linux Academies.

    If you would like more information, do visit the site provided by Nuno; you may also want an explanation, which is provided in this video … … which is also available on the site.

    Please share with everyone.



  4. i try to register on the url that u post here >>
    but give me that page not found
    im from egypt i want to learn i have linux skills 😀

    Not Found

    Sorry, but you are looking for something that isn’t here.

    • Hi … just checked the link, it is working with no issues at our end … we have seen many countries visit the site, so wonder if the issue is locally with the Google hosting service

  5. I have been released from prison recently having done CCNA inside. I need all the help I can get finding my way back into employment. Having Linux skills would help. How do I go about enrolling for this course please.

    • Nuno Guarda

      Dear Christopher,

      Thanks for your message and interest. Please register on the URL and become part of the group.

      Regards, Nuno

  6. Thanks to Andrew from the Open University.
    Great, that we are up and running with this initiative.

    I wanted to add that we are also inviting educational institutions from other countries to join in.

    I personally will support Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Iceland.
    Colleagues support Germany and the Netherlands.

    We invite you to share this information with your colleagues in other countries who you might already be collaborating with.

    If your country is not on the list, contact us and we will support you to get you on board.

  7. Having just seen this via a tweet, I am very impressed at what Cisco Systems and the Open University are doing here. We are desperate for young people with Linux skills. Something tells me that this can only be a benefit for education.