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[News] GNU/Linux Skills Up Sharply in Demand

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Some IT skills see pay hikes during downturn

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| Foote Partners tracks pay for 371 certified and noncertified IT skills, and 
| its first quarter research shows that pay for noncertified skills in Linux 
| rose by more than 28%, while Apache and Sybase noncertified skills saw 25% 
| increases in pay.   


Re-skilling Europe for the new global knowledge economy 

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| Europe today is suffering from a skills shortage, made even worse by the 
| economic crisis. Over the past decade, many business leaders have stressed 
| that Europe is simply not producing, attracting, or retaining sufficient 
| numbers of scientists, engineers and IT specialists to meet the requirements 
| of its industries, and the ambition of its ‘Lisbon Agenda’ - that is, to lead  
| the global knowledge economy.    



Mac, Linux skills grab higher salaries than Windows

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| Microsoft likes to tout the cost savings that derive from paying
| Windows-skilled employees less money.


Open Source Toolkit for Job Hunters

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| Once you are in the interview process with an organization, you may be asked
| to do a presentation to prove your knowledge and skills. (Even if you're not,
| you might want to think about doing one.) KPresenter 1.6.1 is the open source
| presentations part of the KOffice suite. This project is excellent for
| combining text and graphics into slides either for on-screen presentation or
| handouts. If your potential employer has you interviewing with a globally
| dispersed team, you can use KPresenter to put your presentation online using
| the HTML slideshow functionality, allowing everyone to see your presentation
| easily.


Open source in a down economy: The video

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| In case you weren't able to attend the Open Source Business Conference today,
| or simply arrived too late to hear my opening remarks, I shared this video to
| illustrate how open source is rising...even as the economy falls.


Linux Courses Increase Job Options for Techs

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| For software programmers and developers worried about layoffs and job
| security in these tough economic times, the answer may be as clear as the
| screen on your cell phone. That's because manufacturers of small consumer
| equipment like cell phones and PDAs need programmers trained in embedded
| Linux to hand-tune the product's software code.


Where the Tech Jobs Are, Part 1

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| "In a recession, headcount looks like a cost center, but open source can turn
| employees into profit centers -- or, at worst, into less costly cost
| centers," he said.
| "For example, let's say an enterprise needs [an enterprise content
| management] system, perhaps for outsourcing documentation or to build a new
| catalog system -- or perhaps for a workflow system around approval of
| executive documents. Traditional IT would invite vendors to do a dog-and-pony
| show," Asay explained, "ultimately culminating in a purchase of software
| licenses and services to make the licenses useful to the enterprise." The IT
| staffer is then mostly responsible for coordinating others' efforts, and the
| associated expenses.
| An open source savvy IT person, by contrast, would download an open source
| ECM solution and tweak it to save the company license and services
| fees -- "and the risk that the software wouldn't work as advertised," said
| Asay.


Training program to create 100,000 jobs

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| LUPA (Leadership of Open Source University Promotion Alliance), a Chinese
| open source software community, plans to initiate a training project for the
| country's computer and software graduates as low-cost open source software
| development is gaining popularity in the current financial crisis.


Linux and your worth in the Job Market

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| As bad as the economy is right now, there are quite a few jobs out there.
| Especially for Linux System Administrators/Engineers!


Gameloft Moves 1,000 Desktops to Ubuntu Linux

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| “It’s been a pretty big deployment, well over 1000 desktops and it’s been a
| huge success,” crows the source. “Ubuntu does the same job [as Windows] for
| zero cash. The most painful thing about the change over was moving to
| Thunderbird from Outlook. No one has batted an eyelid about moving to Gnome.”

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