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[News] Guidance for Young Engineers Who Want to Ride the GNU/Linux Wave

  • Subject: [News] Guidance for Young Engineers Who Want to Ride the GNU/Linux Wave
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 11 Jan 2010 03:59:26 +0000
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Preparing Yourself for the Linux Admin Market

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| I know going in for an interview can be 
| taxing, stressful and downright difficult. I 
| also know that requirements for jobs are 
| usually way out of line for any human. You 
| know the list, be certified in everything and 
| have 20 years experience in all programing 
| languages and be 21 years old. Letâs face it, 
| most organizations looking for skilled 
| administrators are asking too much. But, even 
| though that is the case, what can you do to 
| best demonstrate your yourself and give 
| yourself a chance at the job.


Want to be Our Customer? Suffer!

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| I maintain some XP machines here for the time 
| being. They make work for me. I need to keep 
| four separate images because XP does not come 
| with drivers needed for many common systems. 
| No kidding. I needed to add USB mice to the 
| imagesâ GNU/Linux has worked smoothly with USB 
| mice for 5 years or more. Wait! XP is from 
| 2001. Itâs obsolete and M$ replaced it with 
| Vista, the ultimate in bloatware. People are 
| waking up to this abuse. They are seeing 
| GNU/Linux as an alternative. Folks who see it 
| for the first time are amazed that things can 
| be done three times faster using the same 
| hardware. They wonder why they put up with 
| this stuff so long. I wonder, too.



Open Source Could Create Better Election Software, Jobs

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| You may know the Federal Election Commission if you've ever been involved
| with national politics. The FEC is the regulatory agency that administers and
| enforces federal campaign finance laws; it's sort of like the IRS but
| specifically for congressional and senate campaigns. Any serious candidate
| for public office on a national level has to file campaign finance reports
| routinely or face administrative penalties. Along with campaigns themselves,
| political committees called PACs are also regulated by the FEC and must file
| regularly.


Save a job with open source

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| My own home county of Buncombe in western North Carolina will be letting
| about 80 teachers go with the current budget. Like many other government
| agencies, and businesses, they simply don't have enough money coming in.
| But, Wollenberg asks, why don't we save money for teachers, by switching to
| FOSS (free and open-source software), he's not talking about major changes,
| like switching from Linux to Windows on desktops. He's talking about taking
| small steps. As Wollenberg points out, it's not so much that the school
| systems have problems with open source; it's that they're reluctant to adopt
| anything new.
| [...]
| For instance, Microsoft has finally given up on Microsoft Money. Intuit, of
| course, wants all those customers to go over to Quicken. But, should they?
| Shouldn't they at least consider GnuCash?


Is Open Source a Good Career Bet for Developers?

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| With any article whose premise is ensuring the safety of your programming
| career, it's tempting to try to hook your attention with fear, uncertainty,
| and doubt about the state of the economy. I could point at all those layoff
| statistics. Or I could frighten you by bringing up the spectre of your job
| going overseas.
| But that's not the point, really. Our career choices affect us personally no
| matter what the economy looks like. We all have to find a balance between
| what we love to do and work that someone else will pay for. (This is why I
| cannot brag about my remarkable career from consuming chocolate; I've never
| found someone to pay the bills for it, alas.) To make the best career
| choices, you must become aware of where the market is going. And then you
| have to fine-tune your expertise so that your skills stay in-demand... or so
| that you can develop new skills that shortly will be in demand.
| [...]
| And the good news for open source developers is that
| comparing "programmer," "programmer open source," "programmer .net"
| and "programmer java" yields a happy chart for open source developers. The
| overall programmer salary averages $73,000 per year, and the Java and .NET
| developers earn just over that ($76,000). (Or, to be more rigorous, more jobs
| are advertised with those salaries.) In contrast, open source developers are
| offered $83,000--a nice raise.


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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| âItâs been a pretty big deployment, well over 1000 desktops and itâs been a
| huge success,â crows the source. âUbuntu 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.â

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