A penguin on the radar

There has been a sharp downturn in demand for IT skills.

There has been a sharp downturn in demand for IT skills.

That can spell doom if you are an unemployed developer or glee if you're an IT director with a skills shortage But this week's SSP survey figures could be historic for a different reason.

Linux entered our skills league table for the first time this quarter. Admittedly, it entered the chart at number 33. But that will be - as they say on the radio - "33 with a bullet".

One straw in the wind is that there were more Linux adverts than adverts for AIX skills. Whatever else this tells us, it certainly indicates that the open source operating system is making steady progress out of its Web-serving stronghold and into enterprise computing.

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