OpenSource Opens Doors For Your IT Career Path
Open That Door
This was a great article that I thought was a nice reminder about how vital the Open Source community is for computing, IT and business. There’s no denying Open Source is the heart and life-blood of all IT based business. The code is free, ready to use and ready to modify and most businesses have directly benefited or indirectly benefited from the resulting ecosystem that is Open Source.
I decided many years ago that Open Source was the way to go. Not only is it a wise financial decision but you have confidence that the code is not malicious and without backdoors for the most part (let’s admit that very few people are even capable of fully reading and understanding all of the code-otherwise we wouldn’t have critical OpenSSL bugs like heartbleed). But check out the milestone Linux has had over the past 20 years, it’s made helped push technology a lot further than had it been not been open source.
To some, Open Source is taboo because by a lot of accounts some projects aren’t as easy to use or well documented as commercial alternatives. However, for me, I find the flexibility, control and security actually end up providing more benefits than any alternatives. A good example is Linus Torvald’s, Unix derivative (Linux) now reigning quite dominant in the backend server scene. I couldn’t imagine running the same reliable, secure and stable infrastructure on a bunch of Windows machines. Linux is simple, secure, fast, efficient and stable OS/platform. Technologies and projects based around it extend and expand its capabilities to the current Cloud infrastructure that runs our lives today.
Have a look at how much of our tech in society is run by Linux and you’ll see why you need to get a good open source education.
Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with learning Windows and getting certified in it, but the point is that the world is running on Linux and it’s not slowing down. It’s only going to get bigger and you having an open source education, is going to give you the upper hand when you’re looking for a stable career. If you’re a parent trying to help your kid decide in High School what he/she wants to be, introduce them Open Source. If you’re already in IT, get into Open Source!
The point for me is that whether as a professional or as a student Open Source continues to dominate and expand, making it a critical factor in your IT path and career. It’s for this reason that I decided to make a Techrich Training program designed to help new, junior and experienced analysts, admins and developers to keep up to date with their skills. Let’s face it, as much as we all know, it is very hard to keep up with all the new projects and stay on top of the latest trends.
In the wise words of, “Software is like sex, it’s better when it’s free”.
Good luck on your journey Open Source wanderer.