Paul Murphy posted a ZDnet blog entry entitled “Leveraging Linux to sell yourself” which describes his plan and ideas around using Linux to help climb the corporate ladder from low-level tech to a higher level engineering job.  It was an interesting read, although I don’t necessarily agree with everything he says. I did note that he suggested using Linux as the differentiator for you to get noticed at work.  He could have said Vista or some other hot technology in our world, but he specifically called out Linux… and Linux on the desktop at that.  Why do you think that was?

Linux is clearly one of the hot topics in the IT industry these days, and is being adopted by organizations of every size and varying levels of experience. So while it may be challenging to change your Windows environment to an all-Linux environment over-night, introducing Linux “gently” certainly couldn’t hurt. When getting started, you don’t need to focus on replacing established servers with Linux, start with “new workloads” instead. If needed, get some training/self-study, and consider these low-risk ways to give Linux a try:

  • Set up a departmental file server with Samba, maybe just for the IT group
  • Set up a small LAMP server for a company intranet (don’t forget AppArmor)
  • Set up a utility server using Linux (e.g., backup, monitoring tool, gateway, etc.)
  • Set up a new (incoming) application on Linux
  • Give Linux on the desktop a try
  • (Any other ideas?  Post a comment below.)