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Linux Community Intitiative


Linux Essentials2In collaboration with The Open University the Cisco Networking Academy is launching an initiative to enable schools, colleges and other educational organizations who are not yet a member of the global Cisco Networking Academy Program to teach Linux skills for free. The initiative was born in the UK but quickly expanded into other countries in Europe.

If you are from a school, college, training provider, educational charity, university or another valid interested party, you can join this community and apply to become a Cisco Networking Academy delivering LPI Linux courses.

Curriculum Objectives and Course modules

Frequently Asked Questions: Linux Essentials

It is an open and free community depending on everyone’s contribution. Volunteers including the Open University are donating 30-60 minutes a week working on the different forums to support the needs of participating members. The Academy Incubator is the framework that gives you as an easy entry into the Cisco Networking Academy program.

The Initiative


How-to-join and community rules

The people behind this initiative

Additional benefits

  • Licensed use of Packet Tracer
  • Cisco self-enroll courses (Entrepreneurship, Introduction to the IoE, …)
  • Career development portal for all students
  • Global Community of Educators & Learners
  • Competitions, events and ideas


Cisco Blog UK

Computing at school

Press release LPI


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