You can find a nice Linux job pretty close to home just about anywhere, I think. Just look
within what you consider to be a reasonable commuting distance. Don't just plunk your resume into the Monster-hole and wait for someone to call you.
Tom Watson, Sr.'s tale (he being the first Chairman of IBM), is apropos. He tells of two shoe-salesmen who were sent to Pango Pango. Their cablegrams were:
- COMING HOME NEXT BOAT X NO ONE HERE WEARS SHOES XX
- FABULOUS OPPORTUNITY X SEND ALL YOU HAVE X NO ONE HERE WEARS SHOES XX
I've worked at one time or the other with
most of the companies in the Valley, always at a calculated comfort-distance. All of them are flooded
with resumes every day, from people who want to work there for the perceived prestige of doing so. And what none of them realize, I think, is that they're going to work in a "Company Town." It's an industrial-nirvana straight from the 19th century ... in silicon trappings. Sure,
there's a sushi-bar and tennis courts and god-knows what else: you'll love those if
you have no other life, and so you're willing to work night and day there and to identify yourself
so completely with your work
that you think it's "fun to do."
Just Google the term, "microsoft wives"
for another perspective on this... The day will come
when what you want most is a healthy work/life balance, to accumulate some of the income that's been pouring in (or not), and to consider something to do which does not in any way involve computers or computer-programming. Don't be fooled by the CEO showing-up at design meetings: pretty much everyone in a pack, no matter how large, projects himself easily into the role of the big-dog. As one person said, "screw
the 'hoodie' schtick." (And yet, stupid though it was, the 'hoodie' worked.)