The Myth of a Linux Talent Shortage. Is it true? You tell us.
In an article published about a year ago, people who know the market refuted the myth of a Linux talent shortage. Here are some comments. The first from an OSDL representative.
Red Hat also had an opinion of the myth.
The article also mentioned another survey from Forrester Research which said 57 percent of respondents using Linux or open-source software said their biggest concern was lack of support and another 36 percent said they experienced a lack of skills or knowledge.
Forrester's survey centered around respondents using Linux who said they experienced a lack of skills or knowledge. The key term in this survey, if you missed it, dealt with respondents using Linux or open source software. Those firms had an incidence of 36%. That's not a high figure and again they only had a concern.Later in the article where people tend to stop reading, Bill Weinberg added:
The real myth out there when it comes to operating system skills is that there's an abundance of Windows professionals. I've tried to put together Windows teams to do certain kinds of development and found it difficult to get real expertise of any depth. I found it very difficult to hire resources for anything but the most superficial Visual Basic kind of development.
I have seen no shortage of Linux talent even back in 1999, when I recruited programmers, system administrators, webmasters and gurus. I have attended and keynoted at enough UNIX User Groups and Linux User groups to also say a waste of Linux talent exists. I blame the myth on hiring practices.
When I speak with Linux people after my presentations I hear war stories. High quality, talented Linux people without Microsoft certifications get the run-around. Hiring managers seem afraid to go with Linux people since the hiring manager doesn't know enough about Linux to judge performance.
I went on a number of interviews in the Dallas area for Linux system administrators. I didn't have a problem flashing my Microsoft certifications or my experience programming Windows servers. (Let's not forget I broke MS Exchange's wire line protocol).
I also didn't share my resume as a manager on any of those jobs. Even so, the feedback at those interviews centered around the notion of too much experience and a fear that I wouldn't stick. This wasn't 2001 when people jumped ship every few motnhs for better pay.
What About You
Since I don't have the kind of scientificly manipulated data or the slant that Forrester and other analysts seem to have, I'd like to see some of your war stories. What's your experience? Have you seen discrimination and what kind?
Tell us your stories.
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