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[News] Growing Demand for Linux Skills Cited

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SkillsTrain Introduces New 'Home Study' Linux Course 

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| To meet the growing demand for Linux Systems Support Engineers, 
| Administrators and Developers, Europe’s largest blended learning IT company, 
| SkillsTrain, has introduced a new Linux+ course...  


LinuxCertified Announces its next "Linux Fundamentals" Course 

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| This two-day introduction to Linux broadens attendees horizons with a 
| detailed overview of the operating system. Attendees learn how to effectively 
| use a Linux system as a valuable tool.  



Report: Open Source Adoption Increases App Dev Pay

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| A report from New York City-based consulting company Bluewolf says IT 
| salaries across the board will continue to rise in 2008, with application 
| developers leading the pack with 7.6 percent salary growth. The increase 
| brings application developers' salaries to between $112,500 from $80,250.   


Advice for the MCSE: go back to school

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| Number one on that list is a simple reality: everything changes, and by 
| betting against industry wide change you’re leaving yourself, your family, 
| and even your community hostage to Microsoft’s continuing commercial success.  
| [...]
| Not many people like Microsoft - and there are better alternatives: Linux on 
| the server side, MacOS X on the user side. 
| Is it going to happen tomorrow? Probably not, but it will - and when it does 
| a lot of today’s MCSEs will be caught out: essentially unemployable in 
| comparable professional roles without significant, unanticipated, and 
| uprooting personal change.   



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| The Scary World of Linux Computers.
| Dunkelberger likely wasn't intending to suggest that the iPhone was
| running Linux, but instead that it is a full computing environment
| with multiple vectors for potential exploits to attack. It is
| interesting that he brought up Linux however, because it is a scary
| subject for IT staff beholden to Microsoft.
| The majority of Microsoft oriented corporate IT staff I've worked with
| have a sort of reverential fear of Linux. They like to talk about it
| in a respectful sort of way, but they are often afraid to actually use
| it. Deploying a Linux server without an outside support agreement is a
| very scary task to users who have felt safe for years in their
| codependent relationship with Microsoft.
| After investing tens of thousands of dollars into their troubled
| relationship, after spending sleepless nights nursing NT servers back
| to health after they fall off the wagon to binge on worms and the
| other malware they have a genetic propensity to be addicted to, after
| growing dependent upon calling up the Redmond Father's TechNet for
| advice on how to deal with the regular schizoid mania and subsequent
| crashing of Windows, it's difficult to start over with something
| entirely new.
| IT managers are a whipped bunch. Linux is an allure associated with
| danger, like a pretty girl on the bus who smiles at the haggard,
| middle aged family man. She's just being friendly, not inviting him
| into a blissful world. He knows he has to think about his commitments
| to Microsoft, all of the fighting that would have been for nothing,
| all of the holding back of hair that he's already dealt with and wants
| to use as credit toward an established relationship. It's too much
| starting over, too late in the game.
| Today's adherents of Microsoft are like the COBOL programmers in the
| 90s: too old to learn new tricks, and too tired to even want to try.
| They are dinosaurs, dependent upon resisting change to maintain their
| proprietary world.
| Change isn't resisted successfully for long, but holdout adherents can
| oppose progress and tenaciously hold things up for longer periods of
| time than one might imagine possible.
| Is Linux Really a Problem?
| Of course, there are lots of phones that run Linux already--far more
| than run Windows Mobile--and they are not plagued by security
| problems.
| There are also tens of millions of embedded routers and phone systems
| running Linux or its BSD cousin, and none have suffered a scourge of
| security rashes anything remotely like Microsoft's Windows. Perhaps
| security isn't just a product of being powerful or having market
| share.
| Why would the iPhone's closed BSD environment be a special security
| risk? Hackers working on the iPhone have to build and install their
| own shell before they can even control it in ideal settings in a lab.
| If iPhone enthusiasts can't hack their own phones without first
| manually installing their own root access and shell environment, why
| are pundits distributing scary stories about the potential for iPhones
| to turn on their human masters and form a rebellion mechanical army of
| robot terrorists?
| Why didn't these flacks ever tell us about their brainstorming efforts
| to imagine security problems for Windows Mobile devices?


Linux Job Market Trends: Galloping Forward

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| If you’re a Linux specialist looking for the best paying area of the country, 
| your best bet is – no surprise – Silicon Valley, where Linux pros make 
| $96,578 (but a cup of coffee costs $11.25). Other top-paying Linux areas are 
| Washington, D.C. ($86,882), Los Angeles ($86,618), and New York ($86,305).   


2007: Where the Tech Jobs Are

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| ...open source and Linux skills are very hot. "Linux is one of the fastest 
| growing, if not required, then recommended skills that most of the 
| sysadmins and operations people have," Melland says. "If you're a systems 
| administrator and you don?t have Linux experience, you might want to seek 
| that out."
| [...]
| All this migration to Linux and open source means that job openings are 
| zooming. Based on Dice statistics, Linux as a recommended skill is up 51% 
| this year, and roughly 150% in the last two years.


Linux and Open Source: How They Affect HR Professionals 


Linux kernel developers have tripled in number

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| The Linux Foundation (LF) has published a study on Linux mainline kernel 
| development. According to LF, the number of Linux kernel developers has 
| tripled since 2005, with many more companies contributing to the process 
| (including, potentially, the latest new LF member, Adobe).   

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