Hello and welcome to the Linux Foundation certified IT Associate Exam Course. We're going to call this exam the LFCA exam for short. All right. So we're going to do three things in this course. We're going to talk about sort of background material around LFCA, we'll talk about Linux Foundation, the organization that's behind the certification of other certifications, the domains that are covered, that sort of thing. Then we're going to take a step and look at the day that you're going to take the exam. So what are you actually going to do in that that day? How can you lower your anxiety for that day? So, sort of the rules of the proctor and that sort of thing. And lastly we want you to practice, practice, practice, right? So we'll have a practice exam that you can take and help get yourself ready for taking the actual example, okay? All right. So in this first modul of the course we're going to focus on the sponsor organization behind the LFCA certification exam. All right. So what is the Linux Foundation? Linux Foundation is a non-profit technology consortium founded in 2000 and it's a merger between open source development labs and the free standards group, and the goal is to standardize Linux. Support its growth and promote its commercial adoption. Linux Foundation also hosts and promotes the collaborative. All right, so one of the things that Linux Foundation does is hold events. And so Linux Foundation supports the Linux community by offering technical information and educational material through its annual events. This includes the Open-Source Leadership Summit, Linux Kernel Developer Summit and the Open-Source Summit. Linux foundation also has initiatives, so there's several here, we have the community data license agreement. This is sort of like Open-Source for data as data becomes more and more an important part of business, we need a way to share data, and so they're creating an initiative to sort of leave that front. They also host Linux.com, they created the Linux Foundation Public Health and this is mainly around COVID and contact tracing using Linux. They also are doing stuff around climate change with the Linux Foundation Climate Finance Foundation. They do lots of training and certification, we'll talk about that in the next lesson and they have a patent commons where organizations or people who have patents that they want to share with other people can be housed in a single location. All right, Linux Foundation also hosts many projects and projects are independently funded software that harnesses the power of collaborative development to fuel innovation across industries and ecosystems. And there are more than 500 companies and thousands of developers around the world that contribute to these open source software projects. And as of September 2015, the total lines of source code present in Linux foundations Collaborative projects are over 100 and 15 million lines of code, that's pretty amazing. So just to look at a small subset, I chose these randomly, so they're not more important than other Linux Foundation projects, but just give you a sort of a breath of what they do. The Cloud Native Computing Foundation, they think about cloud computing. Hyperledger is around Blockchain, Linux Standard base is about creating standards across the Linux Distros, the open container initiative is to create containers like docker that can interact. OpenMessaging is so we can send messages that are not proprietary, like if you've ever shared messages with an Apple user, you know they have, like in their in their SMS messages, which is not part of the SMS platform, right? That's a problem, so we want to be able to communicate across devices across the operating system. R is a big tool in data science and analytics and so there's a consortium around R and Xen is a virtual machine environment that runs on Linux and so there's a project there. All right, a little review here. The Linux Foundation offering provides technical information and education through its annual events. Linux Foundation initiatives provide frameworks for solving new technical problems with Linux. And lastly, the Linux Foundation projects build open source software that we can run our businesses on. All right, I'll see you the next lesson.