Originally Published: Tuesday, 11 January 2000 Author: Kevin Ritchey
Published to: interact_articles_jobs_skills/Linux Job Skills Page: 1/1 - [Printable]

Linux Jobs Skills

Let's face it, most of us aren't independently wealthy enough to do whatever we want all day long, every day of the week. Either our day trading activities haven't fared that well this week, or we're one of the millions of people who must contribute in some meaningful way to the gross national product to earn enough cold hard cash to buy important things like food, shelter and that new 19 in. monitor of which we've been recently dreaming.

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Let's face it, most of us aren't independently wealthy enough to do whatever we want all day long, every day of the week. Either our day trading activities haven't fared that well this week, or we're one of the millions of people who must contribute in some meaningful way to the gross national product to earn enough cold hard cash to buy important things like food, shelter and that new 19 in. monitor of which we've been recently dreaming. It is this dilemma which presses us to this question: how will I contribute to society in a meaningful & profitable way?

But, before I go on, let me introduce myself. My name is Kevin and I practice law in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. As an attorney, I spend most of my time either writing letters and legal arguments, on the phone with clients or maintaining my firm's small network. Generally, I don't write technical documents or computer literature. But like some of you, computers are more than a curiosity to me, and Linux is more than a hobby.

Now, I will assume from the fact that you're reading this paragraph, you are considering or at the very least, curious about a career involving Linux. And you're probably also wondering what an attorney in Tennessee can offer in this regard.

Well, to answer both those queries I will be using my research skills to write a series of articles over the next few weeks and months covering such universal mysteries as:

- Can I really make a decent living from a free OS? - Who is using, hence, hiring people with Linux skills? - Do I have to grow a beard and learn to hack -- What do I really need to know? - I've heard about some sort of Redhat certification -- is this a good idea, and what other certification programs are out there? - Which distribution should I specialize in? - Ok, I've spent 8 months learning this stuff, taken the tests, & researched the job market; now what?

And lastly, I'll be examining the subject from the other perspective: As an employer -- what should I be looking for?

Now, each of the contributing authors will be writing articles along these same and similar lines. What I will attempt to bring to the table in addition to an analysis of the data is a light but serious examination of the philosophy of Linux and the "Free software" communities.

Next week I will examine four real-world case studies of four individuals who made the career switch to either Linux or "free software." What happened and how has it turned out? Are they happy with their decision? What would they do different? I hope you'll find the research helpful -- and, please send any comments, suggestions, or ideas to kritchey@linux.com. Till then, Happy New Millennium! and keep learning.





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