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> Defending Gnu/linux, How you will defend your choice of Linux
Hemant
post May 27 2004, 01:39 AM
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Dear..friends...

I am about to jump in the 7th semester of my engineering studies(B.Tech) and from this semester companies will start coming for the campus placements.

Now my obvious choice is going to be software companies and certainly since Linux is my strong point i am going to talk about the little work i have done in Linux.

Though i have done a lot of programming on Linux(C,C++,QT,PHP,Shell Prog etc) But i can't say the same for the windows platform.So the questions they will ask is :-

1.Why software should be free??( or at least open)
2.We don't develop any free softwares,why should we take you???
3.Let's say you join our company and we assign you a project and you will be invloved in development of non-freen,non-open software!!Then why and how will you change your ideology??
4.Why so much affinity towards Linux??( though this question has been asked in this forum,but think on it from point of view of a company interview)


This is just a small list but i am sure once i start talking about Linux..I will be bombarded with such type of questions..because Profits and free software doesn't go together very well!!!


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hughesjr
post Jun 1 2004, 09:32 PM
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Actually, profits and open source DO go together.

Novell just made a profit, IBM and RedHat also make Linux money.

Most major companies will pay big bucks to get software support for systems that they feel are critical. If you write a good program (like MySQL), people will pay for it ... or pay you to provide support for it.

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I would also tell them this:

While I support Linux and the free software movement, I am a team player with skills that will benefit your company regardless of the software developed. I will try to convince you that free software under the GPL is good for your company. But you have the final say ... and wether the projects I work on are open or closed source, I will be a great asset to your team.
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But termina's answers are probably more colorful smile.gif


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