Linux talent scarce as penguins' teeth

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The penguins were on the streets of Kanata yesterday, searching for scarce Linux software developers.

In a sign of the recovering technology industry, recruiters from Liquid Computing dressed up as penguins -- the symbol of the popular open-source technology -- in a bid to find 20 more staff. Since raising $14 million U.S. in new capital in May, Liquid has doubled the workforce to 60 full-time and contract employees.

Team leader Brent Webster, perspiring freely inside one of the warm suits on a hot September day, said Linux software developers are in short supply, so he agreed to suit up to lead the recruiting campaign.

"We need more developers now, and I figured a little humiliation was a reasonable price to pay," he said.

From technology startups to established companies, the beaten-down Ottawa technology job market has shifted into growth this year.

With advertising, job fairs and other promotional efforts, technology companies are actively searching for new employees.

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