Can You Make Money From Linux?

The short answer is a resounding yes. Whether you work as a Linux server administrator, or do custom Linux installations, you can make a decent income from it.

Many people assume that just because Linux is a free open source software, there’s no money in it. How wrong these people are. Heck, almost every Linux kernel hacker is paid or sponsored in some way by reknowned IT companies for their work. Almost every IT company in the world has an interest in the Linux kernel. Of course there are others such as Microsoft and its cronies who fear the tremendous growth and stability of Linux and would do anything including spreading FUD about it.

I too have made a few thousand bucks from various Linux related projects including:

And probably a few others I can’t recall right now.

Back to the topic of this post, Can you make money from Linux? Of course! In fact, it’s easier than you think. Before going onto the things you need to do, let me cover some of the things you don’t need in order to make money from Linux:

  • Paper qualifications of any sort
  • A tremendously high IQ (heck, mine is only 147)
  • Any initial monetary investment (although investing in a few good books is recommended)

What you do need are:

  • The willingness to learn
  • Perseverence
  • A keen, observant and analytical approach to facing problems and solving them
  • Decent googling skills
  • Absence of shyness (you need to be willing to pimp your services)

Believe it or not, that’s all there is to it. Other than being profitable, Linux is fun and challenging. Heck, it beats problogging any time! 😉

9 responses to “Can You Make Money From Linux?”.

  1. Boss Lepton Says:

    Agree with you totally there. On the other hand, are you a programmer? There’s a very special project i would like to see running. Google “MORSEHack” and tell me what you think? Would love to hear your views, thru my blog or email or thru the wiki 😀 cheers

    I’m using SuSE 10.2

  2. papajoneh Says:

    i want to be your student, yo master. I promise to be attentive, loyal and cheerful(can like this, ah?). Just tell me what to do.
    i hate the microsoft kernel problem. is there any such thing. Geez totally newbie ere.

  3. Site Admin Azmeen Says:

    Hi Boss Lepton,

    Yes, I’m a programmer by profession, but not shy to dabble in the realms of system administration 😉

    I’ve visited MORSEHHack via your blog, and I wish to share with you some things I’ve experienced and know.

    Personally, I believe Malaysia is doomed in terms of IT education. From schools to universities, the tentacles of Microsoft have consumed our computer education system to no end.

    But the silver lining is that Linux or some sort of Unix-like OS experience is still in the syllabus although way too little for my liking.

    The situation in Malaysia is not the lack of funds. Heck, even kampung schools now have quite powerful computers. The issue is that to 80%+ of the population; Computers run Windows, and Windows is needed for computers to run.

    The good thing is, a lot of companies realise that dealing with Microsoft is a pain in the ass if you’re not an IT shop. Need Windows? Pay. Need Office? Pay. Need to share files on a network? Pay. Here comes the best part; We now have Windows Whateveristhelatestversion. Want to upgrade? Pay.

    No doubt, Microsoft is the champion of predatory business.

  4. kucau Says:

    Linux is a magnet for money . for a simple basic linux training, i was paid few thousands. And no , im not even from IT background . And yes, google is my lecturer, trainer and even friend.

  5. Me Says:

    Probably you don’t have a tremendously high IQ (you demonstrate it when you write something like that), but it’s for sure you have a tremendously high ego

  6. Site Admin Azmeen Says:

    Awww Me,

    And here I was thinking that nobody would notice the size of my ego.

    Thanks for making my day 🙂

  7. slsatchel Says:

    Its not that easy but everything is possible.

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  9. Nirjhar Says:


    love the idea of using Linux to make some extra cash. Can you recommend some books on the topics u mentioned above??