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Re: Job Market is Changing...To Linux/OSS!

  • Subject: Re: Job Market is Changing...To Linux/OSS!
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2006 13:27:04 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / ISBE, Manchester University / ITS / Netscape / MCC
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__/ [ John A. Bailo ] on Thursday 12 October 2006 09:00 \__

> How times are changing!   Even here in Micro-Dweeb land where every 3rd
> person seems to be a Winbot or Vista-Tool.
> Anyway, I got an email from a recruiter friend of mine who is trying to
> fill
> a position.   Of note, the job skills are highly Linux/OSS (PHP) oriented!
> Rare was once the day when a Seattle recruiter would shop a Linux job
> around the Emerald City!
> Anyway, here is the description...for anyone who's interested...email me
> and I'll forward your name to her:
>> This company is seeking a Software Test Engineer to fill a key role on our
>> test team. The successful candidate will be someone who thoroughly enjoys
>> having a large degree of responsibility and autonomy in the daily
>> <snip >

Recuitment for Open Source-related jobs is said to have adopted a different
strategy/pattern. Candidates are approached not through open advertisers,
but often through association. That is the difference between a market that
is reliant on marketing/advertisers (proprietary software) and that which is
more social. 

Proprietary software: make buzz, noise, invest in rah-rah, big banners and

Open source software: delivers high-quality software through free
(potentially) limited downloads. The customers will come.

Naturally, to an outsider that is not involved in the market, 'noise' will be
prominently present from just a a single side of this rivalry. It's not
indicative of money flow, employment, or popularity/power of a particular

Also see:

Microsoft Traps and Hunts for Bloggers in India !!

,----[ Quote ]
| Microsoft has announced the "Microsoft BlogStars" contest, to Hunts
| for Developer Bloggers in India. After feeling the power and increase of
| the Bloggers community in India, Microsoft tries to trap and hunt Bloggers
| in India to buildup the blogging community, for writing blog posts
| supporting towards Microsoft Technologies.


Linux and Open Source: How They Affect HR Professionals

,----[ Quote ]
| Linux and other open source applications are finding increasing acceptance
| in the global marketplace by small and large companies alike. Statistics on
| the growth of a few open source programs-like Apache (a Web server), Linux
| (an operating system), FreeBSD (an operating system), and PostgreSQL (a
| database server)- demonstrate this. This column considers why open source
| is growing so fast, and what it means to human resources professionals.
| [...]
| With the growth in the OSS marketplace, led by Linux, more and more
| companies will be using OSS as a portion of their IT infrastructure,
| particularly in the arena of servers. As more applications become
| Web-based, there will be less and less reason for people to use Windows
| or Macintosh desktop computers. Companies like NumSum.com and Writely
| (just acquired by Google) provide traditional applications akin to Excel
| and Word through a Web browser interface. Windows isn't going away any
| time soon, but its days are numbered. OSS is shrinking Windows lifetime
| for servers and eventually it may do so for desktop machines as well.
| And that should provide interesting developments for all of us to watch.


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