Tuesday, January 7, 2014

OPENSOURCE: A DISCUSSION WITH THE LINUX FOUNDATION



The Linux operating system has been around for 20 years and the community around it seems stronger than ever. What do you think has made it so successful?
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Linux is used in everything from embedded devices to large electronic trading systems. How do you ensure that features added for one use case don’t negatively impact another? For example, performance issues that may affect our industry?
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The demand just keeps going up. We as a community and an industry are having a difficult time meeting the demand frankly. This year’s Linux Jobs Report showed that 93 percent of hiring managers would be looking for Linux professionals in 2013 but that 90 percent believed it would be hard to find qualified candidates. This is an amazing opportunity for Linux developers and sysadmins.

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What’s next for open source software is being out front every time. It is allowing companies to innovate at higher levels of the software stack where they can differentiate and deliver new products, services, applications and experiences for consumers and customers. Open source is no longer the “alternative; it’s the first choice every time. This will lead to more and more collaborative development among groups of companies from distinctly different industries that need to accelerate technology and address complex technical challenges to transform a market.