Val Henson describes her career in open source
- Linux system programmers are in short supply
- If you are vaguely competent and get some experience you become employed for life
- Not all Linux programmers are idealists. Now days it is a for profit motivation.
- her pay profile progressed very well. Started at 150,000 per year in 1999 and doubled after 10ish years.
- Telecommuting seems to be the end of the evolutionary progression
- She travels all over the world to visit other programmers.
- She thinks San Diego has the best weather in the world. ( she obviously has not considered South America in that calculation )
- What would Val do? If you will not get fired then why not do it ?
- She knows developers who never leave the house
- Hours are flexible
- its not a 9-5 job. She does not know anyone who does not care. Hard to make it on 40 hours per week.
- Side effect is you only end up dealing with positive motivated people
- Open source is an enabling technology – good way to think about how and why a company would hire a person to help with open source from their point of view
- You have to be able to admit you do not know something. ( duh!) Linuxchix
- There are some famously rude people in the Linux community
- Careful with email!
- Some people get into open source by working on patches but much better to get a framework such as a job that gets you in contact with other people doing open source.
- Should be able to fairly quickly get into a position where you can telecommute
Fun! I want to give her a great big hug.