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Coders urged to take up open source in downturn

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  1. temi

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    The recession is a good opportunity for out-of-work developers to turn their hand to open-source software, a leader of a free software group suggested on Tuesday.
    In fact, all companies, programmers and other IT professionals would do well to look into free software, Georg Greve, president of the Free Software Foundation Europe, said in a speech at the CeBIT technology conference in Hanover, Germany. Predicting that the recession would probably end "sometime this year", he said the downturn would serve as a "breather" and as an opportunity for companies and individuals to rethink their software strategies.
    Greve said that those who currently find themselves out of work should respond to the "fast-growing" demand for those with expertise in open-source software. "The competencies for free software are in high demand," he said. "Look how to build your competency. You could consider joining a project that lies within your field of interest. Build contacts and make a reputation for yourself — in free software, the job very often finds you."

    full story: Coders urged to take up open source in downturn | Tech News on ZDNet

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