Linux Professional Institute Open Source Essentials

Get to Know the Basic Aspects of Open Source

Open Source Essentials is part of LPI’s Essentials certificate track. It covers the fundamental aspects of free and open source software, open content and open technology.

Its objectives include legal, technical and business aspects. The program is not limited to a specific profession. Instead, it covers the common knowledge that anyone who is professionally involved with open source should have.

This knowledge allows developers, managers, lawyers and any other professionals to communicate, share a common terminology, and collaborate successfully. This program also allows individuals to understand the concepts behind open source and engage with the open source community.

Current version: 1.0 (Exam code 050-100)

Objectives: 050-100

Prerequisites: None, anyone can take the test

Exam format: 40 questions within 60 minutes

Validity period: Lifetime

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To receive the Open Source Essentials certificate the candidate must:

  • have a fundamental understanding of important aspects of free and open source software. This includes knowledge of the technical characteristics of software, of open software licensing and open content licensing.
  • understand how software is developed, especially within free and open software projects.
  • be aware of common open source business models and collaboration tools.
  • have the necessary skills to apply other professional skills in the context of free and open source software.
  • have the knowledge to be an informed and valuable member of free and open source communities, as well as other organizations developing, supporting and using free and open source software.

Open Source Essentials exam topics

  • Software Fundamentals
  • Open Source Software Licenses
  • Open Content Licenses
  • Open Source Business Models
  • Project Management
  • Collaboration and Communication
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