Re: Free Software Job Advice

--- On Sat, 5/4/13, אנטולי קרסנר <tombackton gmail com> wrote:

From: אנטולי קרסנר <tombackton gmail com>
Subject: Free Software Job Advice
To: gtk-list gnome org
Date: Saturday, May 4, 2013, 10:44 AM
Hello everybody,

I'm looking for advice on making a living from working on
Free Software.

I already read articles, send my CV to various companies,
but I found
nothing. So I decided to ask here, hoping this question
isn't too
inappropriate for this list.

I'm a software engineering student in first year (out of 4),
I've been coding in C++ using GNU and Gnome technologies,
and I'm
familiar with the GTK/gtkmm, libxml++, etc. I do need to
refresh my
knowledge of GObject, but certainly I can write code and
contribute to
existing projects (or work on my own project, which I've
been doing for
the past 9 months).

The problem is that I need to make a living somehow. Not
just as a
student, but also later, as an engineer. I don't need much,
just make a
living and do what I believe in: work on free software and
software freedom.

In Israel nobody cares about free software (they call it
open source,
and it's just a way to save money), so after failing to find
such a job
here, I sent CV to companies in Europe. I realize I'm a
student, I have
no formal coding education, I have no proven experience
(none of my code
has reached the stage an initial version can compile, yet)
but source
files themselves... but I do want to contribute. The only
reason I don't
work on Gnome projects is that my free time is spent working
on my own
project, which will hopefully be a useful desktop app when
it's ready
(probably until the end of the summer).

I realize all that, but I don't want to give up and accept
the fact I
can't do anything for free software. I do have skills, I do
knowledge. My current project has 7000 lines of code (not
much for a
serious project, I know, but it's a lot for me as a student
alone) written by myself from scratch, using GNU Build
System, gtkmm,
libxml++, libsigc++.

Isn't there a way I can make a living with the skills I do
have? I do
want to help, and I don't need much in return, I just want
to make a
living. To pay my rent, to pay for my food... I'm sure my
skills can be
useful to someone. With a free software project.

If you can help me or give advice, I'll be thankful.

- AAnatoly Krasner

gtk-list mailing list
gtk-list gnome org

The short suggestion - contact (if you haven't already) . And send my regards to 
Shahar Shemesh.

The long answer would require explaining (politically incorrectly) how in reality "free" SW world works, but 
it would be a really long answer.


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