Best certifications to pursue in open source software

Open source, as a technology, has been adopted overwhelmingly by businesses in recent years. Finding the right talent, however, remains a challenge for recruiters. 92% of hiring managers surveyed reported difficulty finding open source talent, according to the latest 2021 Open Source Jobs report from the Linux Foundation and EdX, with 97% of hiring managers stating that recruiting open source talent is a priority.

In order to harness the enormous potential of open source technologies, it is essential that tech professionals pursue the right kind of certifications to build a solid career in this space. Let’s take a look at some of these certifications that professionals can get.

Linux Foundation Certifications

Linux Foundation certifications can be very helpful in starting a career in Linux kernel development and internals, Linux application development, Linux device driver development, etc. Here are some certifications that the Linux Foundation provides that you should keep an eye out for:

Application Development for Linux (LFD401)

This is intended for experienced developers who should be proficient in C programming and be familiar with basic Linux utilities and text editors. Through this course, students will learn the tools and methods for developing C programs and programming systems under Linux. They will also learn Linux-specific debugging techniques, process management, system calls and paid calls, among others.

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Linux kernel internals and development (LFD420)

This will provide experienced programmers with a good understanding of the Linux kernel. To continue this course, students must be proficient in the C programming language and basic Linux (UNIX) utilities (ls, grep, and tar). They should also be familiar with the available text editors (.emacs, vi, etc.). This course will teach students how Linux is architected, how kernel algorithms work, hardware and memory management, how the kernel developer community works, and how to work effectively with it, among other concepts.

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Linux Kernel Debugging and Security (LFD440)

It is aimed at experienced developers who wish to understand the methods and internal infrastructure of the Linux kernel. It is accompanied by hands-on exercises and demonstrations designed to provide the tools necessary for developing and debugging Linux kernel code.

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Red Hat Certified Specialist in OpenShift Administration

Red Hat states that an IT professional who is a Red Hat Certified Specialist in OpenShift Administration will have the skills, knowledge, and capabilities necessary to build, configure, and manage a cloud application platform using Red HatOpenShift. They will also be able to manage users and policies, control access to resources, create and manage applications, configure cluster scaling, and more.

Red Hat indicates that the kind of people who might be interested in becoming a Red Hat Certified Specialist in OpenShift Administration will be system administrators or developers who wish to demonstrate their skills on the OpenShift Container platform, and site reliability engineers who work in a DevOps environment and wish to show off their capabilities with Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.

To become a Red Hat Certified Specialist in OpenShift Administration, Red Hat recommends taking Red Hat OpenShift I: Containers and Kubernetes (DO180) and Red Hat OpenShift Administration II: Operating a Production Kubernetes Cluster (DO280).

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JFrog Artifactory DevOps Certification

This certification allows DevOps engineers to develop their capabilities in managing binary repositories, security, and CI / CD pipelines using Artifactory. After obtaining this certification, professionals will be able to show their expertise in DevOps practice to accelerate their careers. It is aimed at DevOps engineers who have fundamental knowledge of JFrog Artifactory, managing binary repositories and CI / CD pipelines.

The company claims that Artifactory skills and capabilities needed for this certification include describing key features of JFrog Artifactory, setting up local, virtual, and remote repositories in Artifactory, automating tasks in Artifactory using the REST API and the JFrog CLI, integrating CI servers with Artifactory, managing metadata and properties in Artifactory, troubleshooting common issues and logs, among others.

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Database Administrator Certification, Developer Certification by MongoDB

MongoDB says that when a person becomes MongoDB certified, they will be exposed to MongoDB Certified Professionals Finder, where employers go to look for their top candidates.

General coding knowledge is required for both of these certifications, along with fundamental database concepts, system programming, basic JavaScript programming, and fundamentals of software development.
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Sreejani Bhattacharyya

Sreejani Bhattacharyya is a journalist with a postgraduate degree in economics. When not writing, she finds herself reading about geopolitics, economics and philosophy. She can be contacted at [email protected]

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