Why are Linux professionals in such high demand?

In today's open source roundup: Linux professionals face a red-hot job market. Plus: Steam now has more than 500 Linux games, and what happens when you hook Ubuntu up to a barbeque grill?

By , ITworld |  Open Source, Linux, opensource

The Linux job market has been red-hot for a while now, with many companies desperate to find Linux professionals. But what's driving this huge demand for people with Linux skills? Opensource.com takes a look at what makes Linux professionals so valuable to businesses.

According to Opensource.com:

Linux has been around for decades, so why the sudden interest?

Flexibility.

Sure, I mean Linux is flexible, but more than that, Linux System Administrators are flexible. It's not news to anyone that Linux is gaining popularity in part due to its dominance in the cloud and the datacenter. And certainly that large install base needs sysadmins who understand Linux and how it works. More importantly, however, companies need sysadmins who can make those cloud based services work with their particular internal needs.

If you need someone to integrate your homegrown database system with a cloud based Linux infrastructure, you need a Linux professional.

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Linux Professionals in High Demand By Companies

There's no doubt that Linux professionals are in high demand. But how much are they getting paid? I took a peek at the average Linux salaries page on SimplyHired and it was quite interesting to see how much various Linux jobs paid. See for yourself in the image below. You can also compare Linux salaries on that page, and you can search SimplyHired for Linux jobs in your area.

Linux Job Salaries
Image credit: SimplyHired

If you're in the market for a new Linux gig, be sure to check out PC World's article about how to get a Linux job. There's some good information there for those of you who already have Linux job skills, including tips about networking, cover letters, resumes, and interviews.

If you're totally new to Linux, you may want to start by auditing the Linux Foundation's Introduction to Linux class for free.

Here are some Linux certification sites that you might also want to check out:

Linux Professional Institute Certifications

Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA)

Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE)

Steam hits 500 Linux games
GamingOnLinux reports that Steam has hit a big milestone and now has more than 500 Linux games.

According to GamingOnLinux:

500 Linux compatible games are now on Steam which is a pretty great number to point anyone at. No longer will people keep stating "but Linux has no games", but sadly they will say Linux has very little AAA games which is true, but this will be a gradual build up of course.

More at GamingOnLinux

500 Linux Games On Steam
Image credit: GamingOnLinux

I'm inclined to agree with the sentiment of the article. Yes, Linux still needs more blockbuster AAA type games. But we'll get there eventually, Rome wasn't built in a day and it will take a while longer before Linux is at parity with Windows.

I believe that this will eventually happen given the change in sentiment among game developers after the release of Windows 8, and also Valve's Steam OS efforts. Smart developers do not want to be reliant on Windows any longer, they know they need to diversify their desktop platforms so they aren't as dependent on Microsoft.

It's important to remember though where we were five or ten years ago. Linux was essentially a pariah when it came to gaming. Nobody ever thought that Linux would eventually become a major platform for gaming, but that is exactly what is happening right now as I type these words.

Slow and steady wins the race, and the best days for Linux gaming are still very much ahead of us. We'll get there, we just need to be patient while Linux is built up as a gaming platform.

The barbeque grill that runs Ubuntu
I bumped into this very cool Ubuntu mod that uses a barbeque grill.

Ubuntu Computer Hooked Up To Grill

Ubuntu Grill Mod

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What a neat way to recycle an old grill. Yeah, it's not exactly practical, but I give it a lot of credit for originality. You have to love the creativity of some modders. I love seeing what they come up with, you just never know what you're going to get when they create one of these.

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

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