For SMBs, this could mean that it will be tougher than ever to find the skilled Linux workers you need -- and that you'll have to pay them more when you find them. It may be a good time to bolster your in-house Linux skills instead through educational offerings like the online Master's Program in Free Software and Free Standards, as I noted last fall.
Advice for IT Professionals
For Linux professionals, on the other hand, the outlook for this year could be very rosy indeed. Among the recommendations from the Linux Foundation's panel of experts were the following:
- Participate in the open source community -- let your code be seen, and attend relevant events.
- Demonstrate how you've helped a business with Linux or open source software.
- Don't generalize too far -- pick a niche you love and focus on it.
- Keep learning. The Linux Foundation offers a variety of courses in embedded and kernel-level Linux development, for example.
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