Linux Skills Still Hot After 20 Years

Susan Hall
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13 of Today's Hottest Tech Skills

Highlights of the most in-demand skills and their growth over the past year.

Oracle's doing its part to boost the job prospects of Linux developers. I wrote yesterday about its Exadata database machine. CEO Larry Ellison told those attending Oracle OpenWorld 2011 this week that 70 percent of its customers run either Solaris or Linux.


At, writer Katherine Noyes spoke with Alice Hill, managing director of, and Jennifer Cloer, director of communications for the Linux Foundation, about getting a Linux job. (At the foundation site, you can watch a nifty white-board cartoon celebrating Linux's 20th anniversary.) Hill told her you'd find around 11,000 Linux jobs at Dice on any given day. The article says Linux job postings are growing at Dice at a rate of 31 percent year over year, while postings overall are increasing by 20 percent a year. I also searched for Linux on the aggregation sites and and found mentions of Linux in around 80,000 postings each.


The job search advice in Noyes' article is pretty standard for any IT job search, though in open source especially, it's important to have projects or contributions that you can show a potential employer. Cloer echoes the mantra of the job board: Code is the new resume.


Another interesting potential Linux job track is opening up in tablets. This Datamation piece explores the role of Linux for TouchPad tablets now that HP has suspended its efforts on that. Meanwhile, a company called ZaReason is planning a Linux-based tablet.

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