The Linux job market is smokin' hot!

Today in Open Source: Download the free 2014 Linux Jobs Report. Plus: The myths that surround Android and Open Source, and a review of Zorin OS 8

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The 2014 Linux Jobs Report

The Linux Foundation and Dice report that Linux professionals are in very high demand in the technology job market.

In-demand Linux skills will continue to cross both the developer and enterprise management areas, providing diverse opportunities to meet a wide range of Linux skill sets. According to the survey, the areas of expertise that hiring managers are most aggressively seeking include systems administration (58 percent), Linux application development (45 percent) and systems architecture/engineering (45 percent).

Once companies have these Linux professionals in the door, they’re committed to making sure they stick around. To retain top talent, 38 percent of hiring managers said they accommodate flexible work schedules or telecommuting and 32 percent pointed to salary increases above the company norm.

According to the 2014 Dice Salary Survey professionals with Linux skills enjoyed salary increases over the past year that exceeded the average for technology professionals by more than two percentage points (2.6% increase for technology professionals compared to a 5% increase for tech pros with Linux skills). These professionals also received an average bonus of $10,336, up 12 percent from the previous year.

Download the free 2014 Linux Jobs Report
Download 2014 Linux Jobs Report
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This is great news for current Linux professionals, as well as aspiring ones. If you're thinking of a career in Linux and want more information, see the links below to book searches on Amazon that might help get you started.

Linux System Administration

Linux Application Development

Linux System Architecture

You might also want to browse job sites such as Simply Hired, Dice and Monster to see the specific requirements of employers that are hiring right now for Linux jobs. Just do a search for the terms I linked to above on Amazon, and you should be able to find relevant jobs. It's always a good idea to do a job market survey so you know what skill sets you will need to obtain the Linux job you want.

This is a golden time for Linux professionals, so jump in if it's something that you've been thinking about. You might do very well for yourself if you build the skill sets necessary to prosper in today's vibrant Linux job market.

Myths about Android and Open Source

ZDNet dissects some of the myths that surround Android and Open Source.

You would think that Android relationship with Linux and open source would be fairly well understood by now. However, recent articles in the tech and general press have created confusion where none ought to exist. Let me see if I can un-muddy the waters.

What it all means in sum is that Android is indeed an open-source operating system and that anyone—yes, even you — can use it as the basis for their own devices, applications, and services. As such, it's more open than Apple or Microsoft's mobile operating systems, and it's only significant open-source competitors, are — oh the irony — were actually built on AOSP.

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