How learning Linux can help your IT career

In today's open source roundup: Why Linux can be a huge asset to your IT career. Plus: Are you happy with your current Linux distro? And the Acer Chromebook 13 uses Nvidia's Tegra K1 processor

There's no doubt that the Linux job market is red hot right now, and those with Linux skills can often have their pick of IT positions in companies. But how does Linux help you with your IT career? looks at the effect Linux can have on your job searches and overall career development.

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Yes, I'm about to get a little grandiose. But I'm passionate about changing people's lives, and I've seen it happen, so at least consider this list of ways Linux can help your career.

1. Quite simply, you can get a job.

2. Learning Linux helps you look at your skillset in a different light.

3. You can find a job you love.

4. You can offer employers or clients well-rounded advice.

5. Reread number 2.

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Linux can help your IT career

This article is a great example of what Linux can do for you in your career. I particularly liked the section where the author talks about his Linux-heavy resume actually getting him a job in a company that was almost totally Microsoft-centric. It shows how well rounded and valuable Linux experience makes a potential employee.

If you're interested in learning about Linux, the Linux Foundation has an Introduction to Linux class you can take for free. It started August 1 but it looks like you can still register for it. If you're more of a self-learner, see Amazon's selection of books about Linux.

You can also check out SimplyHired's list of Linux jobs and customize it to show the ones in your local area. As I write this roundup, SimplyHired has more than 320,000 Linux jobs listed on its site. Glassdoor also has Linux job listings and you can see reviews of companies by current and former employees.

Are you happy with your Linux distribution?

The Linux subreddit has an interesting discussion about distros and user happiness.

According to Reddit:

It seems like every one I talk to is lukewarm on their DE, Is any one really happy? Does any one think their distro is in a great place?

For instance for me:

Xubuntu: Complacent to unhappy


Super customizable

Very Fast

Apt / *buntu


Flaky network manager front end.

Flaky display settings.

Fairly rough around the edges.

Always seems to become more unstable with updates.

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