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Microsoft woke up to the fact that to do a cloud service you have to do linux. It’s now offical that in 2012 they will by popular demand be providing Linux servers on their Azure Cloud service. ZDNet has a nice article with a few more details about the announcement.
We made it through another year. We will be doing our anual Year in review show and Predictions for next year.
Redhat has released the latest version of it’s flagship distribution of Linux. Now at version of 6.2. The new release is not a major release but has lots of nice updates and brings the 6.x stream up to current standards. Redhat is one of Linux’s biggest stars and has had a tremendous track record that has made it a darling of the Wall Street.
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.
Corey found this article over at datamation.com called “Can Web Designers Use Linux to Build an Effective Site?”. The answer to which we think is why couldn’t you? We just wrote our own article about how Brian is using Linux on his new work laptop. So what’s stopping web developers? Really whats stopping most office workers? In most cases the answer is nothing but the fear of being unproductive. You do have to deal with at least a minor learning curve because things won’t be exactly where you remember them being on the OS you are switching from. Then there is the sheer volume of software options to deal with. Most people are probably used to that with their OS of choice anyway. The article is nice if your a web developer looking to make the change. As we discuss on the podcast though most of the options listed are available for Windows and MacOSX also so you could even try them before you make the switch to see if they will work for you.
Let us know in the comments below what you are having trouble making work on Linux and we will find the answer for you.
I am extremely disappointed in the loevel of reporting Forrester is lowering itself to. One of the bloggers over there is now calling Linux dead. That’s right he was dumb enough to say that the most popular open source project in the world is dead, or at least dieing. The really dangerous thing about this is that the headline doesn’t really match the content. He takes such a crazy stance on what makes an OS. Then there is the issue that unlike the other issues we have been reporting about reaching out to Geeks, Forrester reaches and tries to target people who aren’t technical like Managers and C level execs. So now Linux support people get to spend more hours explaining why it’s so awesome and of course isn’t dieing.