Which IT skill sets are in highest demand in the Linux job market?

Today in Open Source: High demand skill sets for Linux jobs. Plus: Microsoft five years from now. And are there too many Linux distros?

High Demand Skill Sets for Linux Jobs

Linux Careers has a helpful article that illustrates which skill sets are in high demand for Linux Jobs.

LinuxCareer's IT Skills Watch tracks IT skills demand leaning towards the Linux and Unix environment and reports the IT skills that are required by employers seeking Linux talent. Furthermore, the skills are sorted by the frequency they appear in such job advertisements.

The percentage of job ads satisfying our criterion for each of 10 identified groups of IT skills is reported in the pie chart[6] below. The first group of skills was categorized as the winner group of IT skills based on the highest demand. This group includes such skills as MySQL, PHP, Apache, Tomcat, Java, C/C++/C#, Bash, Perl and Python.

Most In Demand IT Skill Sets for Linux Jobs
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This should be a big help to those who want to know what's happening in the Linux IT job market, and which skills they'll need to bring to the table to get high paying Linux jobs.

Good luck and best wishes to everybody out there in the Linux job market.

Where Will Microsoft Be in Five Years?

Foss Force speculates on where Microsoft will be in five years, and narrows it down to five possible outcomes.

Microsoft is trying to get a grip. They’re not in a tailspin, nothing like it, not yet anyway, but they haven’t had a vision since the release of Windows 95.

Where is Microsoft headed? Inquiring minds want to know. What will Redmond be like five years down the road? We’ve come up with five possibilities:

1. The company will regain its footing and again become the dominant monopoly, not only on PCs but on mobile devices as well.

2. Microsoft will remain a major player in all aspects of computing but will not hold anything near the power it did when it was at its peak.

3. Microsoft, or a major part of it, will be absorbed by another tech firm.

4. Microsoft will be split into two separate companies, one selling Windows, Office and other software and the other selling computers, smartphones and tablets.

5. Its market share will continue to shrink until it becomes just another technology company.

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I think #5 is the most likely possibility. Microsoft will bumble along, slowly losing market share as the years go by. They'll still be there, but they won't have the kind power or influence in the industry that they had years ago.

It will be a rather sad and ignominious fate for a company that once had it all.

Too Many Linux Distros?

Foss Force also had an interesting poll that asked if there were too many Linux distros.

A month ago, on September 2nd to be exact, we asked you, “Does GNU/Linux offer too many choices? Are there too many Linux distros?” As answers we offered the numbers one through five with one meaning way too many, five meaning way too few and three meaning just about right. As we expected, number three received the most votes, but not by a large margin.

An even 100 of you picked the middle ground and said the number of Linux distros is just about right. That’s 29%. What’s surprising to us, however, is the number of you who thought the number of distros was too high. 93 people, or 27%, chose number one, meaning they thought the number of distros is entirely too high. 83 people, or 24%, thought there were somewhat too many distros, meaning they picked number two. 56%, an overwhelming majority, thought there are too many distros. Only 64 people, 19%, thought there are too few distros.

Too Many Linux Distros Poll
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I'm firmly in the camp that believes choice is what makes Linux great. I would never want the number of distros to be limited. That would come far too close to making Linux like other operating systems.

Right now there's a distro or distro spin for almost everyone, regardless of what their computing needs might be versus the needs of others. And that's how it should remain with Linux. Choice is a beautiful thing indeed.

What's your take on this? Tell me in the comments below.

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