Linux Foundation launches DevOps online course for beginners

The Linux Foundation has announced the launch of a new massive open online course (MOOC) on DevOps. The program is offered through edX and will begin starting November 16.

Called LGS161x – Introduction to DevOps: Transforming and Improving Operations, the new course is projected as a cultural movement. It is designed to remove silos within developers and operational personnel and enable job-oriented skills among engineers.
“DevOps is rapidly growing career field, which provides strong job security, highly competitive compensation and opportunities for growth. But there is a lack of experience and talent in the market that need to be remedied,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, in a joint statement.
The six chapter-MOOC will revolve around the three basic principles of DevOps, popularly known as the “Three Ways”. It will explain the need to do DevOps as well as let developers understand and learn DevOps foundations, principles and practices and analyse and map value streams. Also, it will give the ability to students to know how resilience engineering and safety culture are critical to DevOps success.
“This course furthers the professionalisation of the industry, and we are proud to continue our work with The Linux Foundation to expand edX’s technical and open source educational offerings,” stated edX CEO and MIT professor Anant Agarwal.
The Linux Foundation and edX have appointed John Willis as the course instructor. Willis has over 35 years of experience and helped early startups such as Chef and Enstratius.
Apart from the DevOps course, the Linux Foundation has three MOOC on the edX platform. The first course was an introduction to Linux that already reached over 600,000 students. Most recently, the community got a beginner’s guide on OpenStack.
Students can participate their presence at the DevOps course for free. However, there is a nominal fee of $99 to obtain a verified certificate.




WhatsApp Video Calling Beta Version Out Now For Android Smartphones


WhatsApp, the most popular messaging service, has introduced the much-awaited WhatsApp video calling feature for Android smartphone users. As of now, WhatsApp Video Calling is only available for beta users of Windows Phone and Android smartphones. It is expected that the feature may come on iPhone soon. To access the feature, beta testers will have to update their app to 2.16.318 version. Those users whose WhatsApp is not updated to this version cannot make video calls.

While no separate button has been added for the WhatsApp video calling, the user is provided two options when pressing the call button in the app: voice and video calls. While the voice calling is already available in the app, the video calling enables the users to view the video of the person he or she has called via chat app.

So, how does it work? You need to pull up a contact in the app, tap the call button and choose ‘Video call’. It will launch a FaceTime-like call if the other person has a version of WhatsApp that supports the feature. But, if the other person doesn’t have the video calling feature, you will be notified that your contact needs to update their app.

Users can even mute or swap between the front and rear cameras during the video call. The call log will now show all the call details including the video calls with a small video icon appearing on the side of the contacts video called. In addition, users would get notified when they miss a call.

In the last few months, Facebook-owned WhatsApp has been steadily improving its product and has added various features for both iOS and Android users. The WhatsApp users can draw and add stickers to images and videos shot by the app’s camera, similar to Snapchat. The chat app has also introduced a Group Invite Link feature wherein the admin can invite people in a group chat by sharing a unique link with them. It has also added support for placing calls and composing messages with Siri on iOS devices.