Making A Living Creating Or Using FLOSS

Yes. I think this has been going on for a decade or more: FLOSS grows and employment opportunities grow with it.(GNU/)”Linux is not going away. It just continues to grow. Thus, it bodes well for the individuals in this space. Throughout our time recruiting in the open source arena, the demand has always outstripped the supply for Linux professionals. Even in the two recessions we have been through. Therefore, I see no indication this is going to change in the near to mid term. All in all, it is a good time to be involved with open source software.” In my own career, employment was easiest to find after I had learned to harness the raw power of GNU/Linux to get the best performance from the hardware in schools and to add more hardware without increasing the effort required to maintain them. That same effect is encountered by individuals and organizations of all sizes when they try FLOSS.

FLOSS is the right way to do IT. Employment opportunities are just another indicator of that. When the IT market is stagnant in PC-units shipped, demand continues to grow for folks with knowledge/experience of GNU/Linux.

See HotLinuxJobs: The demand has always outstripped the supply for Linux professionals.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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7 Responses to Making A Living Creating Or Using FLOSS

  1. oiaohm says:

    wolfgang steam os disruption has already starting to happened.

    Industry pundits have a long history of not basing there results on facts. Its really too late to be attempt to say it will not disrupt the video game industry. Just go look up survey data on what back end new game engines are being developed for. Steam OS declare from valve has seen increased numbers of opengl based game engines at the cost of direct x based game engines.

    By the time steam boxes are released the damage of the steam os may already be done.

    dougman wolfgang is not even look at the one tree properly.

    If opengl fully does become the new dominate base for game development this has major effects on Microsoft.

    Historically game consoles have come and gone. Over all effect on the gaming market if the Xbox dies out of existence is not much.

    Steam boxes move the blance point.
    List of platforms opengl that are 100 percent marketable.
    Playstation, Android, OS i, OS X and Microsoft Windows. Of course Steambox adds another to this stack.

    Direct X.
    Xbox stuff and Microsoft Windows.

    Valve is bring focus on fixing opengl issues with Steam OS. Disruption is happening because of Steam OS and Valve the question is how far will it damage Microsoft position. Steamboxes may not be the gain. Playstation and Android may be the ones that gain. Either way the market will not be the same.

  2. dougman says:

    Getting back on track.

    NEST is a perfect example of what this blog entry is about. One can make something with FLOSS and be highly successful.

    Someone took smoke detectors and thermostats, integrated them with Linux and was able to be acquired by Google for $3B+ dollars.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/google-buying-nest-for-35-billion-2014-1

    http://www.businessinsider.com/nest-revenue-2014-1

  3. dougman says:

    $500?? Nest costs ~$250 and saves you money.

    http://www.amazon.com/Nest-Learning-Thermostat-Generation-T200577/dp/B009GDHYPQ

    Wolfie not interested in saving money, would rather place money in 401K where the government can confiscate it, instead he should invest in himself and Linux.

  4. wolfgang says:

    …linux.com article not mention windows…

    duh. better make sure 401K not holding any MSFT. maybe better make sure they not have any steam either. steam have stock? guess not. safe there I think.

    don’t think need $500 thermostat either no matter linux or windows inside. usually change thermostat when hot or cold, not in airport with cell phone.

  5. dougman says:

    Woflie looking at trees, I see the entire forest.

    The perfect example of what I am speaking about is NEST.

    http://www.linux.com/news/embedded-mobile/mobile-linux/757321-googles-nest-acquisition-shines-a-light-on-linux-home-automation

    You will see Linux throughout that article, not one mentions Windows.

  6. wolfgang says:

    …dougman think he know it all…

    not listen to Wolfgang theory. think coming up with profitable product using free parts is like falling off log. maybe dougman try that himself and hurt head when falling off. dunno.

    Wolfgang deep in commercial software business and know better. takes long time to understand things,, even when taught in school. four years for just first degree in business and dougman not even started yet. so can always ignore dougman.

    steam fans not all that sold either. wonder about dougman proof and check google world and find

    http://www.vg247.com/2014/01/08/steam-machines-overhyped-overpriced-and-over-complicated/

    http://www.usgamer.net/articles/how-much-will-a-steam-box-cost-you

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2014/01/21/5-reasons-why-valves-steam-machines-wont-disrupt-the-video-game-industry/

    will see if industry pundits smarter than dougman big noise.

  7. dougman says:

    Disregarding, what Wolfie stated earlier. One can take Linux, create something new with it and sell it for profit.

    Valve did this with SteamOS and it’s Linux based Steam Machine. Instagram did the same by building a social network using Ubuntu as it’s backbone.

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