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Need a new tech job? Learn Linux

I grew up dirt-poor in the middle of West Virginia on my grandparents’ stories of the Great Depression. We’re not even close to being that bad yet. But, when it’s you without a job, when you’re not able to draw a paycheck, that’s cold comfort. One ray of light in this misery economy though is that there are still some Linux jobs.

So it is that the Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated Linux’s growth, has announced the Linux Foundation Training Program. According to the Foundation’s press release, “It will kick off with courses taught at the Linux Foundation’s Annual Collaboration Summit April 8 – 10, 2009 in San Francisco.”

The Foundation explains that with the Linux server market predicted “to reach $50 billion dollars in three years, and the embedded and mobile Linux markets continue to explode,” it’s a good time to move your career to Linux and open source. Citing the freelance marketplace Odesk, the Foundations reports that the number of Linux-related jobs posted on its boards has increased more than 1400% since 2006.

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