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22 Mar

Linux will never rule the desktop

in Android, Company, Gadgets, Linux

I saw a very short post on stating that: "Linux will never rule the desktop, and here's why: If you draw a line giving the rate at which Linux is taking over the desktop you'll see it'll take several years from now to become the biggest operating system on desktops.

16 Feb

Where are the open source jobs?

in Job, Code repositories, Databases, Linux, Programming, Web Programming

Very common questions when I speak at events or talk to my students is "What language should I learn?" or "Should I learn X?" or "My cousin Ralph said that there's no money in Y, is he right?"

In the spirit of providing more interesting trend data, I decided to take a look at what I could find in the job market to identify trends and especially to see how open source fares against closed source in a down economy. I hope this is helpful to you. I welcome your feedback and suggestions as always. Keep reading to view the results.

Summercamp/Geocamp 2009 - Ottawa, Canada

in BSD, Community, Company, Database, Drupal, Education, Entrepreneurship, Fedora, Gadgets, Git, Legal, Programming, SC2009, YOW12, EPL, Ingres, Mapserver, GPL, Mylyn, OpenLayers, Perl, Ubuntu, Python, OpenOffice, Code repositories, Databases, Eclipse, FOSSLC, Licenses, Linux, OSGeo, Programming, Web Programming

Event Description

The Free and Open Source Software Learning Centre (FOSSLC) will be hosting a conference on May 13, 14, and 15 at Algonquin College, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. This event will bring together industry, academia, government, and community to learn about open source. Over 40 talks during the conference will cover technical, legal, and business aspects of open source use in private industry, community, and government. This event is relevant to technical and non-technical audiences. This event is relevant to all industries as 85% of businesses already use open source today. Talks will be a mix of skill levels with emphasis on approachable material suitable for beginners making this an excellent learning opportunity.

We have chosen themes to encourage cross pollination of ideas and talent.

1) Education using open source software
2) Business and ecosystem development using open source principles
3) Developing open source software
4) Developing using open source software
5) Legal issues including DRM, Case law, intellectual property
6) Open source in Government

Thank you to our generous sponsors for making this event possible.

Lead Sponsors

Geoconnections Algonquin College Ingres Corporation


DM Solutions Open Concept Consulting TheCodeFactory
Event Date: 
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - Friday, May 15, 2009


Algonquin College
T Building
Ottawa, ON
45° 24' 41.6592" N, 75° 41' 53.4984" W

The basics 2

in Community, Education, Programming, YOW2, Ingres, Eclipse, Linux, Programming

This session built on the basics covered in YOW1

Talent First Network - Rowland Few
Firewalling with iptables - Vikram Ambrose

Open source licensing - Kamal Hassin

Linux System administration basics - Andrew Ross

More about Eclipse - Dr. Dwight Deugo

Event Date: 
Thursday, February 28, 2008


Carleton University
Southam Hall
Ottawa, ON
45° 24' 41.6592" N, 75° 41' 53.4984" W