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> Defending Gnu/linux, How you will defend your choice of Linux
post May 27 2004, 01:39 AM
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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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post May 27 2004, 07:00 PM
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ok, let me have a try at this one

Ad. 1

This is a wrong question I think, the only thing that SHOULD be in the software marketplace is choice. There will always be proprietary/paid software as well as free/open applications. All of them have their so to speak audience and their uses and I am not sure why would anybody want to fight for all software to become free/open? Just as an example: you want to burn a CD. You can go out and buy Nero for Windows or boot up Linux and download K3b, so you have a choice, you can pick whatever suits your needs and budget and that what is most important. Ultimately, the user wins as paid-software companies have to keep improving their product and lower their prices to keep sale proceeds flowing in and at the same time Open Source programmers keep improving their product for other than monetary reasons.

As long as Linux and its applications fullfill my mundane, simple computing needs, I will use it over the other OS and paid software. But if there is a task that cannot be done to my satisfaction with an a free, open source program I will buy the needed software and boot into XP without hesitation. See, most users just want their job done (whatever it is that they try to accomplish) and we should be able to choose the tools and methods according to our criteria, not have them forced on us because of lack of choice.

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This should not matter when trying to get a job, unless you specifically want to work for the company that makes free software. You are a good programmer and this is what should be most important to the company that wants to hire you. Your liking or disliking of proprietary/paid software has no influence on your qualifications and no company should reject you only because of your support for Open Source.

Ad. 3 and 4: Same as Termina posted. Let me just add that as long as you do not work on Open Source projects on the company time and concentrate on your job while at work they have no right to object your pass-time hobbies and make any fuss about you creating open source software.

That is it. I wish I were paid per-word :-)

Good luck and let us know how it all went.


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