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Linux Pipeline Newsletter
Tuesday, August 31, 2004

In This Issue:
  • Editor's Note: Hiring Squeeze
  • Top Linux News
        - Democrats Unleash 'Demzilla' On The GOP
        - Retailers Are Cool To Linux
        - Startup Fits 12-Node Linux Cluster On Desktop Board
        - More News...
  • Editor's Picks
        - How To Compete Against Microsoft
        - Interview: Cassatt Corp. Executive Vice President Rich Green
        - Opinion: Better Keep The Lawyers
        - More Picks...
  • Voting Booth: Vote For Your Favorite Linux Distribution
  • Get More Out Of Linux Pipeline
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    Editor's Note: Hiring Squeeze

    When IT professionals hear talk of coming employment shortages, certain specialties come to mind. Over the past several years, for example, you'd have a hard time browsing a trade magazine without hearing at least a passing reference to the mainframe skills shortage that companies should expect as their older, COBOL-loving experts quit their data centers for RV parks and golf courses across the country.

    Lately, however, I've heard more and more predictions of a developing Linux skills shortage. A recent Yankee Group research report painted a relatively bright future for Linux, mostly on the server but also to some extent on the corporate desktop. Yet when the report counseled caution for firms considering a headlong plunge into the open-source waters, it noted that the relative scarcity of Linux administrators and support personnel could make it harder for them to get a healthy return on their investments.

    There's also a lot of talk lately about the window of opportunity (pardon the pun) Microsoft appears to have opened for Linux: security concerns, the farce that is the Longhorn shipping date, and Redmond's own troubles building a critical mass of .Net developers all add up to fat times for open-source troublemakers. A golden opportunity, it seems, might soon be at risk as companies beat the bushes looking for Linux professionals who can satisfy all of these rising expectations.

    The Linux job market appears to reflect this trend. The July 2004 Dice Report, for example, shows astronomical growth in Linux-related IT job postings and above-average salaries for Linux professionals. In other words, if you follow the money, it appears to lead to a bunch of Linux sys admins, support specialists, security professionals, and other experts who are suddenly very happy they didn't become English lit majors in college.

    The July 2004 Dice Report

    At any rate, that's the story we're hearing from industry statistics and market analysts--admittedly perhaps the two most unreliable sources of information ever to be unleashed on scoop-hungry tech journalists. But is it the whole story? Is Linux, and the open-source world in general, in danger of missing a golden opportunity to smash Microsoft for want of enough warm bodies to hold the battlefield?

    Let me know what you think, and we'll return to this issue in a few weeks to see if the Linux "skills shortage" passes your collective smell test.

    Matthew McKenzie
    Editor, Developer Pipeline

    Top Linux News

    Democrats Unleash 'Demzilla' On The GOP
    An open-source data mart, tied to home-grown BI tools, is helping the DNC wage an election year data war against the Republicans.

    Retailers Are Cool To Linux
    The retail industry has failed to embrace Linux as warmly as expected.

    Startup Fits 12-Node Linux Cluster On Desktop Board
    Orion Multisystems will offer a design that shrinks a 12-node Linux cluster to a single large motherboard.

    IBM Offers Free Tools To Cloudscape Developers
    IBM offers free code and support information for developers working with Cloudscape, its small-footprint Java relational database.

    Linspire Dials AOL For Linux Users
    Linspire dials up local AOL numbers, then displays a set of status lights in the PC's system tray to show online activity.

    NetBeans Delivers Version 4.0 Beta
    NetBeans has released the first beta version of its new Java integrated development environment.

    Editor's Picks

    INTERVIEW: Cassatt Corporation Executive Vice President Rich Green
    Cassatt Corp. executive Rich Green talks about the technology tempest that's helping to create services-based systems.

    OPINION: How To Compete Against Microsoft
    Companies such as Hewlett-Packard and Logitech manage to successfully compete against Redmond. Columnist Rob Enderle tells how.

    OPINION: Better Keep The Lawyers
    No matter what where you stand on open source -- you'll probably want a lawyer in your corner.

    FEATURE: CA, IBM Open-Source Moves Not Equal
    Computer Associates and IBM are relinquishing major products to the open-source community. Which company will benefit more from this 'generosity?'

    FEATURE: System Showdown: Windows Vs. Java
    Consider support costs along with functionality when deciding whether to move to Java Desktop System.

    FEATURE: Hurdles Aside, Open Source Wins Converts
    Despite deployment hurdles and compatibility issues, open-source products are expected to continue to appeal to businesses.

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    In last week's poll we asked which Linux distributor you prefer above all others: The field is large, but SUSE/Novell has emerged as the early favorite. The polls are still open and every vote counts. Vote today!

    Poll Results: Results So Far
    Linux Distros Preferred by Linux Pipeline Readers:
    SUSE/Novell 24%
    Mandrake 15%
    Red Hat 13%
    Debian 9%
    Fedora (Red Hat-Sponsored) 9%
    Gentoo 6%
    Slackware 5%

    Knoppix 3%
    Lindows/Linspire 3%
    Xandros 3%
    Sun Java Desktop 2%
    Conectiva 0%
    Lycoris 0%
    TurboLinux 0%

    Others, including alternatives such as FreeBSD 6%

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