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I got a $job in #FLOSS!

So my last post was about me trying to find a job in Open Source. That post generated an email from Tristan Hill who told me that he recently started to work for Credativ and that they have positions open. So I've checked it out, looked lovely, but I wasn't so sure about the what type of work I would have to do. In February, I had an interview with Chris Halls and it was a dream come true. I took the job.

Thank you Tristan Hill for reading Ubuntu Planet.

Credativ is Open Source company. Job satisfies FSF open-source job definition. The company was started in Germany, by a Debian Developer - Dr. Michael Meskes. There are a few other Debian Developers.

Credativ does a lot of 3rd line support around the world. The centre in Germany is 24h, the UK office is not. In the UK we do a lot of Nagios and OpenERP development & support as well as provide OSS training. Relaxed, diverse, challenging and fun =) And you get root ;-) And our marketing manager Irenie White has cakes =) All it takes is a quick chat on jabber to get one!

It was a great feeling that yes you can run Ubuntu on your machine and yes you get root on most of the boxes you need to do your work on. It is a pleasure to come to work everyday! I'm probably easy to please. But it is a really good feeling when you come to the interview and your future manager knows what packages you are maintaining in Debian and what mailing lists you have appeared on and etc. I was also touched by the fact that all equal opportunities statements in the handbook referred to "marital or civil partnership status".

Overall - loads of development, amazing staff, challenging support tickets from sysadmins and everything is in open source.

There are currently 2 Ubuntu Desktop machines in the Office, with other desktops & servers are running Debian Squeeze. But I'm sure it will gradually change to the purple side ;-)

Are you a Debian / Ubuntu developer? Do you program? Are you into Open Source? Do you want to enjoy working with Open Source 9-5? Then apply, cause we are looking for technical people to join us. If you want to talk about Credativ you can find my IRC/email details on launchpad.

My hobby, became my full-time job. I'm a recent university graduate, I'm between 20-25 and only 3% of 200 000 jobs created last year in the UK were full-time... The odds were against me and I made it =)


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