“# Brush up and hone skills. Don’t get rusty — be prepared for the upturn by staying active and have work to show for your time off. Would you rather discuss the patches you contributed with a potential new boss, or the latest developments in daytime TV?
“# Scratch that itch. If there’s a feature you’ve always wanted to see added to your favorite FOSS application, now’s a good time to dive in.
“# Get your foot in the door. Many have predicted that the downturn will be good for, or at least not as bad, for open source companies. Working with the development teams might be a good way to get your foot in the door when they start hiring.”