Monday, July 30, 2007

Becoming a Linux Developer

I get asked all the time from people on what they need to do to become a Linux developer. Reading this article was a good rehash of what I explain to a fair amount of people. Sure there are certain technical skills and communication skills that companies look for just like they have all along. But, there is the one main thing that separates Linux/Open Source based positions from one that you see from traditional proprietary companies.

Purely stated, it is the opportunity to get involved and create a name for yourself. No longer do you have to look for acceptance by a certain institution to realize your development aspirations. Instead, you have the ability to participate no matter who you are or where you are. It is all open, so participate to the best of your ability and create a name for yourself. The more you get involved, the greater the value of your personal brand per se. You are creating your own product and that is yourself. As you fine tune it and create a brand worth significant value, corporations will be clamoring for your services. It is that plain and simple.

Anyhow, if you are an aspiring Linux developer, please take a moment and read the two part series of that article. And, if you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact HotLinuxJobs. Our goal is always to provide as much information and assistance as we can to people looking to get involved in open source based development.

1 comment:

John Wohn said...

What if it's not a developer position I'm looking for? It's been years since I coded in C, and it will be a while before I can upgrade my development skills to be a serious candidate for any developer job. But I do think I would be qualified as a product manager, services manager, training manager/developer/instructor, etc. What is the best way to find jobs like that?