[nSLUG] coders with borders?

George N. White III gnwiii at gmail.com
Tue Jan 13 20:32:22 AST 2009

(staying home to avoid the nasty roads)

There is a significant number of people who were developing software
for financial companies and are now unemployed.  Many of these

1.  have accumulated nest eggs, so are in no rush to get jobs emptying
bed pans in old-folks homes or driving taxis
2. hating their former jobs (but couldn't resist the wages on offer)
3. were involved in open source during their education
4. have lots of valuable experience that can be applied to open source

I expect many of these people will be getting involved with non-profit
organizationd, where there is a pressing need for better technology.
One issue is that many such organizations end up running WIndows
because the systems were donated, the managers don't know better,
and the field workers don't know anything else.

Prediction: one result of the soon to arrive "Even Greater Depression" will
be a quantum leap forward for open source.   While getting involved in
non-profits is peachy, there are also many good tools (one example is
opendx) that are currently being used in climate modelling and other worthy
projects, but lack developers to port them to modern platforms, add support
for multilingual interfaces so they can be used outside N. America, etc.

Are there things the linux community can do  to promote this?  Are there
Maritimers who made nest eggs in the financial industry who are interested
in finding ways they can live in the Maritimes while making a contribution to
to the less developed areas of the world?

George N. White III <aa056 at chebucto.ns.ca>
Head of St. Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia

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