Few people know just how pervasive Linux has become, and that is causing a big problem for companies that increasingly rely on it. "There is a shortage of software developers in the U.S. The employment rate for these jobs is down to 2.3 percent in the last quarter. The opportunity for jobs is now there for people who come in to get this training," said Dice President Shravan Goli.
The open-source Linux ecosystem is one of the most successful examples of collaborative software development. In a report released at the Linux Collaboration Summit, the Linux Foundation tried to quantify how organisations today are embracing the collaborative development model.
The study surveyed 700 business managers and software developers, 91 percent of whom said that collaborative software development is important to their businesses. The study also found that 77 percent of business managers were able to achieve a faster time to market by using collaborative software development methods.
Linux and open source have not only provided the enterprise with a wealth of new code, they've also transformed the way organizations write software by promoting collaborative software development across the channel. That's according to the latest report from theLinux Foundation.
Partnering with other companies on critical software development processes might seem anathema to a company's bottom line, given competitive concerns. But collaboration is happening anyway to advance business objectives, and the practice is expected to increase.
At the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit on March 26, a panel of leading Linux kernel developers discussed the current state of Linux development and collaboration.
Linux kernel developer Jens Axboe, who works for Facebook, explained during the panel why Facebook hires open source developers to work on the Linux kernel. Axboe said that it is a matter of public record that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg claims to have saved $1 billion by way of the open source Open Compute Project.