Demand for Linux, an operating system similar to Unix, has dramatically risen in the past few years. Companies have embraced the technology, including the BBC and various government departments, creating more demand for specialists in this field.
Open source software, including Linux, allows users and developers access to its source code in order to promote innovation and invention. Due to its many mainstream benefits, Linux is the operating system used by Google search and also President Obama's campaign website.
Linux programmer jobs will require you to customise, modify and enhance Linux to meet the specific needs of employers and clients - removing the cost of upgrades, platform compatibility issues and errors.
Linux trained professionals often work in a variety of roles, including software engineer jobs, web developer jobs, database administrator jobs, or in technical support jobs and system maintenance looking after networks and Linux servers.
As in much of the IT sector, Linux opportunities are open to candidates with degrees in a relevant discipline - although sections of the profession are responding to the increased take-up of Linux based systems by supplying their own training and qualifications.
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