Linux Jobs Are in Demand

If you’re a Linux guy, this is good news. Linux jobs are in high demand. From Computerworld.

If you’re an open-source expert, the job market is your oyster – the Linux Foundation released a report this week that says that employees with Linux skills are in high demand, with hiring managers working hard to bring them in.

According to the survey, the prevalence of open-source in the cloud and other important areas of business technology is helping to push the demand for Linux- and open-source-savvy workers higher. Forty-two percent of respondents said that CloudStack or OpenStack experience would be a valuable addition to a resume, and 19% said the same about open-source SDN skills.

GigaOm Shutting Down

It’s sad to hear GigamOm is shutting down. It’s on my list of tech sites I visit often.

Here’s the official message from GigaOm’s management.

A brief note on our company

Gigaom recently became unable to pay its creditors in full at this time. As a result, the company is working with its creditors that have rights to all of the company’s assets as their collateral. All operations have ceased. We do not know at this time what the lenders intend to do with the assets or if there will be any future operations using those assets. The company does not currently intend to file bankruptcy. We would like to take a moment and thank our readers and our community for supporting us all along.

— Gigaom management

Apple Watch Revealed Today

Apple revealed today, the Apple Watch. It starts out at $349 with some watches as high as $10k. Pre-orders can begin April 10. Apple stores will start selling on April 24, most likely you’ll need a reservation. You just can’t walk into a store and get one, at least not in the first few weeks after its release. Here’s an article from ZDNet, PCMag, Gizmodo, ComputerWorld, and Lifehacker.

Lost in the hoopla is the reduced price of the Apple TV. It’s now sells for only $69. Let’s not forget the new super-thin Macbook. It’s thinner and lighter than the MacBook Air. It’s powered by Intel Core M. It’s fan-less and has a single USB C port that allows you to connect to everything. Gone are the USB 3.0 ports and the Display port. You have to buy a $79 dongle if you want connect to other devices or displays. I think the MacBook is a little bit underpowered. It’s a almost a cross between a tablet and laptop. The MacBook starts at $1299 and $1599.