Is demand for Linux skills increasing?

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Any developer who wants to create an Android mobile app may want to have some Linux knowledge in their back pocket.

Given that for many years the main rivalry in the computer world has been between Mac and PC users, Linux skills can seem like a bit of an anomaly. While commonly used on servers and mainframes, the operating system rarely makes appearances on home computers.

But those few hobbyists and coding enthusiasts who plugged away at Linux while their friends played with shiny new Macbooks may actually have the upper hand. According to a recent article on Computer World, demand for Linux skills is growing.

This is because its use on servers has led to it becoming the main choice for cloud computing infrastructure. in fact, Amazon Web Service is largely Linux based, according to the news source.

As a report on Dice recently pointed out, 77 percent of hiring managers have named Linux skills as part of their priorities. A year ago, only 70 percent said that same.

And it isn't just cloud computing that demands their attention. Though consumers may not realize it, many mobile operating systems, such as Google's Android, are built on the Linux kernel. This means that any developer who wants to create an Android mobile app may want to have some Linux knowledge in their back pocket.

In the computer world, as in most other industries, skills come and go. This is an instance where a niche skill may be on the rise. Any programmer who is considering some of the many information technology jobs in Houston should check to see if their skills are up to par.

Inquest Staffing is seeking to fill a number of IT jobs in the Houston area, such as a Web/Mobile Developer. We're here to match candidates with exciting new positions as they develop their careers.

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