[Ma-jobs] MA-Jobs list culture - a question 4 all
Paul D. Bain
paulbain at pobox.com
Sun Jan 7 12:01:54 EST 2007
Thomas Hardman Jr wrote:
> I'm looking for a sysadmin job, ideally within a commute of 45 minutes
> or less starting in Aspen Hill MD.
> I've been running Linux since 1995, NetBSD since 2000,
> I'm not super talented
If you have been running Linux (at home) since 1995, then you are far
more talented than about 95% of the IT "professionals" who I have had to
work with in the last nine years. The MCSE's whom dominated the IT field
back in the nineties repeatedly told me that Linux was strictly for
"hobbyists and enthusiasts" and that it would never amount to anything
in the "real" world. Fortunately, many of these "professionals" have
since lost their jobs, in part because they knew so little about Linux
and OSS. Good riddance!
Can anyone tell me why so few employers understand that an IT
professional who recognized the potential of Linux back in the
mid-nineties is much, much smarter than the average IT professional?
This is, for me, a huge mystery. When I point out this fact to
prospective employers, they usually deny it, and I simply cannot
understand why. *Nothing* puzzles me more than this lack of
understanding by employers.
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