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02.17.14

When ‘Get a Job’ Means Study GNU/Linux and Contribute to Free Software

Posted in Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux at 8:39 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Articles about the growth of job opportunities for people who engage in Free/Open Source software and know how to manage GNU/Linux

IN THIS age of increased automation many people rightly complain about lack of jobs. Plutocrats increase their profits by replacing people with machines. They rarely properly compensate and reward those who provide automation solutions, so hoarding by those at the very top only gets more severe over time (automating passage of wealth).

When it comes to affordable automation, nothing has been as effective as Free/Open Source software (FOSS) and GNU/Linux. They just work well and they hardly requite human intervention unless or until there are hardware-related issues. Companies are therefore eager to recruit and are willing to pay a lot of money for FOSS skills and experience. It’s the growth area.

In the past few weeks, and especially in recent days, a lot of articles got published which highlight the value of FOSS skills. We lay them below as they are self explanatory.

Related/contextual items from the news:

  1. Linux Pros Saw Larger Bonuses, Higher Salaries in 2013

    IT careers site Dice reported recently that the “more Linux, more money” trend continued strong throughout 2013, with both higher salaries and larger bonuses for Linux pros.

  2. IT managers recommend open-source contribution

    This is the view of a panel of industry experts, who believe working on such schemes allows developers to demonstrate coding skills, technology interests and collaboration abilities. Furthermore, it means hiring managers can offer better perspectives on soft skills and technical abilities than a reference alone.

  3. Managers are Calling for More Skilled Open Source Workers

    While employment reports continue to roll in with mixed results, there is one pocket of the job market that looks bright, and that’s the market for people with open source skills. As we’ve reported numerous times, many companies are leveraging everything from Linux to Hadoop for cutting-edge, mission-critical tasks, and people with skills in these areas are not just getting jobs, they are getting good jobs.

  4. Choosing a Programming Language for Interviews [notice what's at the top]

    Don’t get me wrong—I advocate learning and writing code in many programming languages. But when it comes time for programming interview preparation, I feel it’s important to choose one language to focus your prep on and get to know it very well.

  5. Use your open source contributions to get a job
  6. How to analyze corporate contributions to open source projects
  7. Insights into top 3 IT skill groups in highest demand

    According to our IT skill sets research, IT skills required by employers of Linux talent can be classified into relatively independent groups. This article focuses on the top three groups of IT skills that were in the highest demand in the last quarter (Jul-Sep 2013) and refer to job advertisements in selected countries, including USA. It turns out that these three groups of IT skills can be linked with Linux related job categories.

  8. Meet These Women With Awesome Careers Working On Linux

    Ask these women with awesome careers working on Linux, who are indeed an aspiration!

  9. Linux Warehouse appoints new general manager
  10. Linux IT ditches top-level job titles in bid to democratise firm

    “The way Linux IT was driven in the past was very much bottom-line focused,” he said. “It was about how to create a profitable company and follow the market for the return on investment for shareholders. It was typical of an IT company in the early stages of development.

    “But what’s changed now is we have democratised it, spread the shareholding and for the time being, held back on applying labels to individuals [in the management team].”

    Mitchell has recently completed an MBA qualification and said his dissertation focused on the idea of spiritual leadership – a concept which focuses on business ethics and employee wellbeing. He said the research has played a big role in the new-look Linux IT.

  11. Hiring managers advise job seekers to contribute to open-source projects

    Contributing to open-source projects can give software developers an edge over other applicants in the competitive IT job market, say hiring professionals.

    “The phrase we use is ‘code is the new resume,’” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. “Open source has truly become a juggernaut as of late. Within the last five years in particular it’s just become the dominant form of development.”

  12. Why some open source projects die?

    Open Source community is really huge and everyday we witness new software being released. Most of the softwares are aimed to solve some set of problems. Surfing over Github or BitBucket one can see most of them. Red Hat, billion dollar revenue says that Open Source is a viable business model & is here to stay.

  13. Breaking down geek stereotypes in open source

    I nominate open source particularly because even by tech industry standards, this is the hardcore stuff. When I tell other IT people I work for a Linux company even they sometimes get the haunted look of somebody about to be bombarded with a bunch of stuff they don’t know or care about. I really like it though. I like the passion people have. I like that innovation and progress are the big markers of success, and that good ideas are going to naturally work their way to the top. This sort of natural selection shouldn’t be limited by who can produce some geek cred. I know it’s worn like a badge of pride, but it shouldn’t devalue other social structures, especially feminine social structures, in the process.

  14. Why open source will rule the data center

    According to Michael Bushong of networking startup Plexxi, three commonly occurring conditions ensure that open source software will steadily widen its data center footprint

  15. Open source no longer considered avant garde for IT innovators

    There was a time when the open-source software movement was considered a little too risqué for the established order of the multibillion-dollar IT industry. Buttoned down, conservative IT buyers could never be fired for forking out excessive fees on software licences, because it was considered good practice.

  16. Seven Reasons to Use Open Source

    The hits keep coming as yesterday CIO published an article detailing seven reasons not to use open source. It would be easy to list, line by line, exactly where the author was wrong, but doing so would be very similar behavior to what I was talking about a few days ago, when I advocated for taking the high road when it came to online flame wars. So, instead, I’m going to focus on seven reasons you should use open source software in your business.

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