Earning A Living On Open Source*
What if you could spend all your time working on open source technologies and still pay the bills? Sound like a dream? For many developers it's not - it's their daily reality! Learn what it takes to work on open source technologies and products day in and day out from Brandon Savage, an employee of Mozilla, arguably the world's largest open source project.
What if you could spend all your time working on open source technologies and still pay the bills? Sound like a dream? For many developers it’s not – it’s their daily reality!
Even if you think it’s not possible to earn a living with open source there are developers who do it every day. They work for companies like Automattic and Mozilla. They develop software in open source technologies, and their bosses pay them to contribute back. It’s possible, and it can be you!
Come learn how you can work on open source technologies and get paid for it from Brandon Savage, a paid contributor at Mozilla.
I have spoken at OSCON, PHP UK, DC PHP user group, Baltimore PHP user group, Portland user group, ZendCon and others. This is the first time giving this talk. My talks are at http://www.brandonsavge.net/talks
Brandon Savage is a software developer who began his PHP career in 2003, before PHP 5 was even released. He began by developing gaming systems, figuring that having a computer complex math was preferable to doing it by hand. Brandon eventually figured out that he could make money by writing code, and began full time software development in 2008. He quickly outgrew his first few roles, and eventually landed at Mozilla, where he works as a Software Engineer on the Socorro team and has since added several open source technologies to his resume. Brandon lives in Olney, Maryland with his wife and three cats. He is an instrument rated private pilot.