Is there a shortage of open source talent?

Summary:This is a question you can answer. Do we have a shortage of open source talent?

This is a question you can answer.

Do we have a shortage of open source talent?

Now this could be one of those glass half-empty questions. A talent shortage could merely be sign of Linux demand. But people are asking the question, so let's go to those who know.

You know.

The question should also be asked, just how much talent are we talking about? How tough is it for a competent programmer or system administrator to switch from, say, Windows to Linux? I would think we would be talking months, not years.

So, has anyone been lurking around your cubicle waving big bonuses for working on open source projects? Stock options, luxury cars, dancing girls (or boys)?

I haven't seen any streets paved with gold. Maybe I'm looking down the wrong streets...

Topics: Open Source


Dana Blankenhorn has been a business journalist since 1978, and has covered technology since 1982. He launched the Interactive Age Daily, the first daily coverage of the Internet to launch with a magazine, in September 1994.

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