Five Tips for Recruiting the Best Linux Talent

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Looking for a good Linux developer but finding some of the best are already taken? You’re not alone. The Linux Foundation’s 2012 Linux Jobs Report, produced in partnership with, shows that 85% percent of hiring managers surveyed say that finding Linux talent is somewhat to very difficult.

Not to worry, though. Technology professionals recognize the opportunities associated with the rise of Linux and are preparing for long-term careers to support the operating system.

In reviewing the detailed responses from the 2012 Linux Jobs Report, in addition to taking an informal poll for this blog, I aggregated  these five tips for gaining the attention of the best up-and-coming Linux developer talent:

1) Contribute to open source software projects, including projects that aren’t primarily funded by your company. Most companies who understand the value of open source and collaborative development are doing this. With Linux being the largest collaborative development project in the history of computing, developers can build and are building their individual and collective legacies in the open source world by contributing to its evolution. Contributions from your company can help demonstrate that you are serious about open source.

2) Let code talk. Don’t base your hiring decision solely on the resume or the interview. Code talks. Review developers’ contributions to community projects. ( is one great resource to check out where and what developers are contributing to.)

3) Allow budget for events and Linux training opportunities. Linux is moving fast, and the best Linux developers want to stay ahead of the curve.  For example, we’re seeing increased enrollments in The Linux Foundation’s Linux Training program, and our Linux training scholarship program received more than double the number of applications as in its debut year (2011).  We’re also seeing increasing numbers of new Linux developers and systems administrators attending our Linux Foundation events year-over-year.

4) Allow time to work on individual projects. Linux developers want to be a part of a community and to contribute to something bigger; developers tell us that working on Linux is not just about financial reward but about the personal fulfillment of being part of something bigger than just one person, one company or one technology.

5) Provide flexible work schedules, including hours and work-from-home scenarios.  Many companies are making significant investments to attract and retain Linux talent, as evidenced in the Linux Jobs Report, which also found that Linux professionals are garnering more full-time positions and better salaries, bonuses and perks than other technology professionals.

While Linux developers may warrant a deeper investment and more flexibility, the return that employers get is priceless. These individuals are passionate contributors who can help advance your company’s position in a global community of innovators.

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One Response to “Five Tips for Recruiting the Best Linux Talent”

  1. Dave Gruber #

    More good news for Linux developers.

    Robert Half International released its 2013 Salary Guide showing technology jobs will see the highest salary increases of any sector in the year ahead.The Salary Guide reports the top five most lucrative tech jobs for 2013 are:

    1) Mobile App Developers
    2) Wireless Network Engineers
    3) Network Engineers
    4) Data Modelers
    5) Portal Administrators

    These jobs have a few things in common: the requirement for smart, trained, technically savvy men and women with the latest skills for one. But the most important thing they have in common is that they each require a fundamental understanding of Linux. Read more at

    October 9, 2012 at 2:57 pm Reply

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