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Software: Open Source Skills More Valued than Proprietary Experience

By Dick Weisinger

Companies value experience in skills with Open Source software compared to proprietary software, according to a survey of more than 3000 software developers and managers from IBM and O’Reilly Media.

The survey found that:

  • Open-Source software was used by nearly all respondents
  • Open-Source software was considered of equal or better quality than proprietary software
  • 70 percent of respondents preferred cloud providers that use open source
  • 95 percent of developers consider Linux to be important to their career

The report found that “modern software architects and developers should remain aware of both trending open source technologies and cloud offerings. Over the long term, a knowledge of the most fundamental open source projects will provide major benefits in job growth and other professional activities.”

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