Summary: Companies have an appetite for GNU/Linux and FOSS talent, suggest some new data points
As one who works exclusively with GNU/Linux (even at my daytime job) I can attest to the experience of relative security when your skills go beyond using Microsoft Windows and Office. Based on three new articles (see below [1-3]), not just a personal anecdote supports this seemingly optimistic claim. It sure seems like despite economic pains there are good job prospects for those who master the already-dominant and ever-growing platform.
“This is the spirit of innovation and this is where innovation is typically derived from.”As [4,5] help show, more startups like Google use GNU/Linux to get started and expand to large scale. So even those who are not in the workforce of others (contracted) can do their own thing with little initial capital. This is the spirit of innovation and this is where innovation is typically derived from. It also contributes to personal and professional freedom. █
Related/contextual items from the news:
For the last couple of years, the HostGator billboards have been all over the place.
“Do you know Linux…? We are hiring.
If you want a tech job, you want to be in Linux and open source software. Because that’s where the employers are slathering to find qualified personnel. And they want you.
There I was, at perhaps the biggest hard-core, open source conference of them all these days, OSCon. The buzz was that everyone, and I mean everyone, was looking to hire. So I thought to myself, “Are they really?” I set about asking every OSCon exhibitor, more than a hundred of them, if they were indeed looking for new staff and ready to make job offers.
Smartbear.com says employers are chomping at the bit to hire people with Linux and open source skills.
This is pretty insane. A group of Silicon Valley-based Linux hackers are crafting a new operating system, not for personal computers, or smartphones, or even tablets, but for the servers that underpin the entire internet.