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LinuxWorld: Open source matchmaking - How do companies find open source developers?

Oct 03, 2000, 00:44 (0 Talkback[s])
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"You're an open source programmer, or you want to be. You're looking for a project that'll bring you some combination of education, good times, and money. How do you find it?"

"As it turns out, open source software is such a good idea that it doesn't always have to be done for free. Several projects already are pioneering innovations to bring together organizations that want open source software developed and the programmers who can deliver. That comparison describes the different matchmakers now in operation. Which ones provide real services? Which are likely to still be in business in 2001 and beyond? Once you've read this article, you can judge for yourself how each one might help meet your open source goals."

"There are plenty of conventional choices, of course. You could sign on as a full-time employee with a company, such as Helixcode or Red Hat, that concentrates on open source and perhaps receive assignments you like. You could work as a consultant and list yourself as a specialist in LessTif or Postfix. You could look through the outstanding task lists for such projects as OpenLDAP or Perl and simply start contributing patches. Job boards and matchmakers such as Monster.com, Newmediary.com, eLance.com, Skills Village, eWork Exchange, and others happily list open source work with the thousands of other entries in their offerings."

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