The GNU/Linux and Solaris Admin : An Endangered Species Due to Dishonest Actions of a Tiny Portion of Their Population?
[UPDATE: Previous title was:
The GNU/Linux and Solaris Admin : An Endangered Species Due to the Danger of Self Inflicted Genocidal Tendencies?
but as per my comment below:
In thinking about this I realized that the title is really misleading as to the content contained inside. I’m currently thinking through this, and trying to decide on a better title that more accurately describes the point that is a *SMALL* number of folks who are ruining things for the rest of the GNU/Linux and Solaris/Open Solaris admins. After coming back to this, and re-reading my chosen title, thats obviously not the sense that is invoked, and instead something of much grander, biblical-type proportion.
I will fix this just as soon as I can come up with something that is accurate to the content itself.
My apologies for not realizing this until now!
I have changed it to be more accurate as to the content and overall point of this post.
Tom Adelstein has written one of the best “state of the union” reports I have seen in a LONG time regarding the problems that a SMALL number of GNU/Linux and Solaris admins are inflicting on the larger population of GNU/Linux and Solaris advocates because of their own selfish acts of “self preservation.”
Would it surprise you to discover that Linux administrative and support employees have created barriers to entry for others with similar talents? What if I told you that a difficult job climate has emerged because of your Linux buddies? Would you believe it?
Get a grip because that’s something with which you may have to deal if you attempt to change jobs or enter the market. Recruiters tell me that “Linux guys” take job offers from predominantly Microsoft shops, go through training and within an average of three months leave their employers hanging. That means having Linux credentials could work against you. Technologists with Linux on their resumes might find something akin to age or gender discrimination when they start applying for work.
I have a tiny bit of experience with Open Solaris, and quite a bit more (although I’m still VERY MUCH your average Joe Linux user) experience with GNU/Linux systems, and I’ll be honest… Even though WinXP Pro/Win2k3/Vista are by far and beyond my platforms of choice, I LOVE both GNU/Linux and Open Solaris for a lot of REALLY SOLID reasons.
With all of the blood, sweat, and tears that have gone into the development of these platforms and the good that both of these platforms bring to the world of computing, to see this kind of things sickens me.
It doesn’t surprise me.