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The open source job market is booming

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Apparently, the notion of free software has not killed off job opportunities in the software space. Open source software is in fact creating numerous job opportunities, if the multitude of companies hiring at this week's OSCON (O'Reilly Open Source Convention) are any indication.

A walk through the convention floor in Portland features numerous companies advertising their need for more people. "This conference in two words? 'We're hiring,'" said conference attendee Tim Bray, the XML co-inventor who now is a developer advocate at Google. "Everybody's got a 'we're hiring' booth." Bray sees it as a symptom of an improved economy and open source becoming mainstream.

When open source software began taking a serious hold on the software industry more than a decade ago, it was feared that the commercial software market would not survive the onslaught of free software. But not only is commercial software software still thriving, open source itself is providing new employment opportunities for developers and others.

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