There are jobs in that there Linux thing...

That's right there are jobs and plenty of them in Linux.  What was amazing to us was how large the demand was for Linux even in the middle of America.  While the Ohio Linux Fest is big and we have known personally how strong Linux support in Ohio it as awesome to see real data to back us up.  The data also surprised us by having Developer and Admin jobs in nearly a dead heat.  Normally it's been more of a 70/30 split.  So whether you want to be a code monkey or a server wizard the jobs are there if you have the skills.  How can you get the skills?  The Linux Foundation, who sponsored the research, will recommend their classes and certifications.  We at LinuxInstall.net think that training is a great starting point but actually using Linux and being willing to be a grunt and change passwords is the best option.  No matter what path you choose we hope to see all of you reading this can join us.

Brian Wagner

Brian started working with *nix in while a student at Kent State University in the early 90's. In 1995, as an E-Mail Administrator for Caliber Technology (now part of Fedex) he was tasked with administering Sendmail on both Slackware Linux and Solaris Systems. His first home install of Linux was MkLinux DR1 in 1996 on his 60 Mhz PowerMac. Since then Brian has been working and consulting on Linux and it's uses in the Enterprise to support everything from E-Mail, Firewalls, Web and File serving to custom cluster solutions and grid solutions. Brian has had the opportunity to work in both Fortune 500 companies and small 2 person organizations. This has given him the unique insight into the differences every size business faces.