How learning Linux can help your IT career

In today's open source roundup: Why Linux can be a huge asset to your IT career. Plus: Are you happy with your current Linux distro? And the Acer Chromebook 13 uses Nvidia's Tegra K1 processor

There's no doubt that the Linux job market is red hot right now, and those with Linux skills can often have their pick of IT positions in companies. But how does Linux help you with your IT career? looks at the effect Linux can have on your job searches and overall career development.

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Yes, I'm about to get a little grandiose. But I'm passionate about changing people's lives, and I've seen it happen, so at least consider this list of ways Linux can help your career.

1. Quite simply, you can get a job.

2. Learning Linux helps you look at your skillset in a different light.

3. You can find a job you love.

4. You can offer employers or clients well-rounded advice.

5. Reread number 2.

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This article is a great example of what Linux can do for you in your career. I particularly liked the section where the author talks about his Linux-heavy resume actually getting him a job in a company that was almost totally Microsoft-centric. It shows how well rounded and valuable Linux experience makes a potential employee.

If you're interested in learning about Linux, the Linux Foundation has an Introduction to Linux class you can take for free. It started August 1 but it looks like you can still register for it. If you're more of a self-learner, see Amazon's selection of books about Linux.

You can also check out SimplyHired's list of Linux jobs and customize it to show the ones in your local area. As I write this roundup, SimplyHired has more than 320,000 Linux jobs listed on its site. Glassdoor also has Linux job listings and you can see reviews of companies by current and former employees.

Are you happy with your Linux distribution?

The Linux subreddit has an interesting discussion about distros and user happiness.

According to Reddit:

It seems like every one I talk to is lukewarm on their DE, Is any one really happy? Does any one think their distro is in a great place?

For instance for me:

Xubuntu: Complacent to unhappy


Super customizable

Very Fast

Apt / *buntu


Flaky network manager front end.

Flaky display settings.

Fairly rough around the edges.

Always seems to become more unstable with updates.

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I always enjoy reading these kinds of discussions. It's interesting to see what people like and what they don't like about the Linux distributions they use each day. There's such a wide variety of distros to choose from that there really isn't one that appeals to all users, everybody goes their own way when it comes to their favorite distro.

If you find that your current distribution isn't cutting it, you might want to hit DistroWatch to find a new one. The page hit ranking column on the right has one hundred of the most popular distributions listed in it, so it's an easy way to get started finding a new distro.

Acer Chromebook 13 uses Nvidia Tegra K1 processor

The Verge reports on Acer's new Chromebook 13, which uses Nvidia's Tegra K1 processor.

According to The Verge:

The new Acer Chromebook 13 is the first Chromebook to use Nvidia's Tegra K1 processor, a mobile chip that's already been employed in tablets and other portable devices. Its big selling point? Longer battery life than any other Chromebook on the market while still providing class-leading performance.

Nvidia is touting the graphical performance of its K1 processor, which outperforms the Intel and Samsung-equipped Chromebooks in Nvidia's multitasking and benchmark tests. The company points to the quad-core processor design (most Chromebooks have only dual-core processors) and more powerful graphics processing unit as differentiators in the Chromebook world.

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Acer Chromebook 13
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You can see the three different models of the Chromebook 13 on Acer's site. Prices range from $279 to $379, depending on the configuration. You can also preorder the $279 model from Amazon right now.

Also, check out our deathmatch between the Acer Chromebook 13 and the Samsung Chromebook 2 to find out which one reigns supreme.

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

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