If you’re really using Linux, you’re either making money now or you will. It’s that simple. Programming jobs, sysadmin slots, they’re out there. 88% of all hiring managers are now looking for guys and gals with Linux and open-source chops.
You know who’s all too often not getting paid? People who are writing about Linux.
There are exceptions. I’m one of them. I’m lucky. Most authors, like the good people at FOSS Force, are doing it for love. They’re doing it because they believe in Linux and open-source software.
We need them. Without their efforts, news goes uncovered, events go unnoticed, and the FOSS gospel is left unspoken.
When I started writing about Linux, not long after Linus put out a note to Usenet, there were a lot of professionals covering technology. That was then. This is now.
Tech journalism, like most of the press, is a declining field. I can count on the fingers of one hand the people who are still covering Linux and related fields.
Now, more than ever we need writers who are willing to cover FOSS. To help keep that happening, these good folks need to be paid. Oh, we’re not talking about enough to buy a new house or even a Dell XPS 13 with Ubuntu — although both would be nice! We’re talking about enough cash to help put food on the table, keep their Internet on, and a roof over their desktops.
So, reach into your pocket, dig deep and contribute to FOSS Force’s IndieGoGo campaign. You’ll be glad you did.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols writes about Linux and FOSS for ZDNet and other publications.