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

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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Is Android Really Open Source?
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There's no doubt that there's a lot of confusion out there about whether or not Android should really be counted as being open source, Linux, etc. The larger issue though is how Linux itself is portrayed in so many articles across the Internet.

I think the media bears most of the blame for this as there is no end to the anti-Linux garbage that is spewed regularly by various publications. And Android itself often gets caught in the cross-fire as writers regularly lob bombs at Linux.

I have had to take apart a number of anti-Linux articles and point out where they went wrong. Android is no exception to this trend in the press, particularly since Google is involved and some media outlets will always jump at the chance to stick the Google name in a headline to get more clicks and ad revenue.

When you get right down to it, it's all rather a sad commentary on media bias and ignorance. Hopefully more and more people will see through it and not let it affect their perceptions about Android or Linux in general.

Zorin OS 8 review

Everyday Linux User has a review of Zorin OS 8, and they think it's more like Windows 7 than Windows 7.

Who is Zorin aimed at? Clearly it is aimed at current Windows users thinking of moving to Linux. If you are using Windows XP or Vista then Zorin OS is a cheap way of getting a Windows 7 interface and you will need less resources to run Zorin than Windows 7. If Zorin OS core doesn't work for you then there is always Zorin OS Lite.

I can't see Windows 7 users moving to Zorin OS unless they are fed up with the inevitable slowdown that always happens on Windows machines and they aren't prepared to move to Windows 8.

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Zorin OS 8 Review
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I haven't had a chance to use Zorin OS 8, but it sounds like it might be a useful stepping stone for Windows users to come into the Linux family. Sometimes it can be helpful for new users to have a familiar interface to work with when they make the jump from Windows to Linux.

What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments below.

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