Is "Linux spokeslady" a job? Can I do that job?

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I'm realizing recently just how much I miss getting on a stage in front of hundreds (sometimes thousands!) of people and talking about something. This was something about my last "real job" that I loved, and I didn't realize how much I'd miss it until recently.

Some people get stage fright, but for me, it's about the happiest I get.

@vkc for some people it is. If I remember correctly @jwildeboer official title is "evangelist" 😬

Make webinars and join online conferences? That should be possible right? Saves lots of exhausts from travel too!


@vkc Having just discovered your YouTube channel, I just wanted to say thanks for making something both genuinely funny and entertaining, but also accessible. So much of the content out there is either patronisingly oversimplified or super gatekeepery, and I really appreciate the casual "Linux mom" tone!

@vkc I think they usually call them evangelists, for whatever reason, and yeah, it's a real job. :) I googled for "Linux Evangelist" and mostly got jokes about it, so I don't know if it's often a thing for Linux, although maybe for particular distros. But "Microsoft Evangelist" or "Apple Evangelist" and so on are real. I know Red Hat has "Technology Evangelist"s, although whether those are paid positions, I'm not sure.

@PastaThief @vkc the professional tech evangelist space had shrunk pretty brutally with covid, and i don't know if it's actually still a proper thing in many places

it's much harder work remote, that much i can imagine

@PastaThief @vkc so, yes, Red Hat’s Technology Evangelist is exactly that according to my friend. Speaking, writing, etc. He used to be a Sales Engineer but migrated more to this kind of role although he doesn’t have the evangelist title.

What you refer to as Linux spokeslady is actually GNU/Linux Spokesperson. 😉

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