The biggest benefit of open source, in addition to the cost savings,
is development speed. But if you have to spend all your time training your C++
developers in Ruby on Rails, you might lose that benefit.
ALICE HILL, MANAGING DIREC TOR, DICE.COM
community is constantly modifying, extending and adapting open-source components,” Biderman says. He’s looking into software
from a German company that would support version control on
Media Wiki. But in the meantime, he’s avoiding any upgrades or
improvements to the system. “I’d like to be in a more flexible mode,
where I can stay current with latest releases, and that would be by
purchasing a turnkey version with a support package,” he says.
Hard to Find, Hard to Keep
At Media General, Miller has found that employees who master
open-source security tools tend to get lured away to more
challenging positions that pay more. “I refer to them as ‘gradu-
ates,’ ” he says. “As people become senior, especially in security,
they want more challenges than we can o;er them at a media
company, so they grow here and get more somewhere else.”
But Miller intends to continue developing skills internally
because his other option is to pay salaries that he can’t a;ord.
“Those who are knowledgeable in open source tend to be more
senior people with more experience, so there’s a huge di;erence in
salary,” he says. In fact, after struggling to hire Linux employees —
positions sometimes remained open for months — Media General
ended up outsourcing its Linux initiatives. Miller says one of the
reasons he faces such challenges is because Media General is a
midsize employer in a job market with bigger and better-paying
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