Finding Open Source Positions
Finding open source positions can be one of the most difficult aspects of any career in open source software. The primary reason for this is most open source positions are volunteer projects where nobody involved is getting any compensation beyond recognition for their hard work. This is not to say that there are no paying open source positions out there, and surprisingly enough the competition for these positions is extremely limited as most people do not realize that it is entirely possible to make a career out of developing open source software.
One of the most common employers in the field of open source software is universities and colleges. Most government grants to develop software these days require the projects to be open source and focus on creating a sustainable open source community. The reasons for this are as varied as the projects themselves, but frequently the reason is that an open source community is significantly less expensive to maintain than an entirely internal development group.
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