Professionals with Linux skills are in greater demand than ever, according to a recent survey-based report from Dice.com and the Linux Foundation. Nearly all hiring managers surveyed plan to bring on more Linux talent this year, and many of them said they will be hiring in greater numbers than they did last year to cover Linux-supported functions. The vast majority said it's difficult to fill these positions, and, as a result, many are offering special work arrangements and/or compensation to land Linux professionals. In fact, to fill these needs, many of the organizations surveyed are willing to pay for at least some of the cost of certification training. "Demand for Linux talent continues apace, and it's becoming more important for employers to be able to verify that candidates have the skill sets they need," says Jim Zemlin, executive director at the Linux Foundation. "Formal training and certifications are a key way of identifying qualified talent." More than 1,000 hiring managers and 3,400 Linux professionals took part in the research.