"# Brush up and hone skills. Donâ€™t get rusty
â€" be prepared for the upturn by staying active and
have work to show for your time off. Would you rather discuss the
patches you contributed with a potential new boss, or the latest
developments in daytime TV?
"# Scratch that itch. If thereâ€™s a feature
youâ€™ve always wanted to see added to your
favorite FOSS application, nowâ€™s a good time to
"# Get your foot in the door. Many have predicted that the
downturn will be good for, or at least not as bad, for open source
companies. Working with the development teams might be a good way
to get your foot in the door when they start hiring."