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Why free software is not a job killer

Nov 29, 2011, 12:03 (4 Talkback[s])
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"I have to take Dr. Spencer at his word as far as the lack of IT (or ICT as they say on that side of the pond) jobs he would certainly know better than I. For my own part, there seem to be IT gigs at the universities and colleges in my neck of the woods, but I also know for a fact that the use of FLOSS in those institutions is minimal. Which bolsters Spencer's point: where there is proprietary software, there is the need to support it, which creates more work.

"At first, this seems a little bit odd. As much as I love and enjoy using FLOSS and value it for its steadiness and security, I also understand that I must also devote some time to maintaining it, just like any proprietary system. What's funny about my particular situation is that because I don't use Windows that often, I actually spend more time maintaining security updates on my Linux machines than I do my Windows client. But when you only use a PC an hour a week or so, versus near-24/7 uptime, you get that. If I were using my Windows computer more often, I know the maintenance time would be much higher."

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