[nycbug-talk] BSD admins: set for life or a domino set waiting to happen?

Andy Kosela akosela at andykosela.com
Sat Nov 8 06:55:17 EST 2008

On Sat, Nov 8, 2008 at 5:11 AM,  <matt at atopia.net> wrote:
> It seems like unix jobs are in high demand.

Maybe you are right, but from my perspective it seems the word Unix
should really be termed Linux. When you search job websites it's
mostly what you see. As I can agree that it's all Unix basically, and
someone coming from Linux environment is looking at the world from a
similar perspective as us, BSD people, I also realize and recognize
the substantial differences between Linux and BSD worlds. On the more
abstract level more similarities occur, but as you go deeper and
deeper inside each system you see how much they are really different.
Even from a sysadmin perspective maintaining of each system is really
not so similar (try to use dump(8) on mounted EXT3, where is my
sockstat(1), etc.)

My point is that I see many Linux jobs, that's true, but very few for
BSD sysadmins. Actually in recent years I see the decline of job
offers for BSDs. Take a look at freebsd-jobs@ to see my point. There
are some opportunities for kernel hackers as they can go try at
Juniper, Cisco, Isilon and similar companies who develop network
appliances using FreeBSD code, but try to find me some job offer for
FreeBSD system administrator :) I will be the first to look at it :)

Andy Kosela
ora et labora

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