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How Much is Open Source “Worth?” Our New Report.

 

Can the principles and practices of Linux be transferred to other industries? We at The Linux Foundation certainly think so and apparently so does the industry. Over the last few years every major technology category has been taken over by open source. Many of those Foundations and projects are being hosted at The Linux Foundation or at other organizations like the Apache Software Foundation and others. Much opinion has been written about the proliferation of open source projects, but not about the value.

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Linux Foundation Diversity Scholarship Profile: Bonnie King

Since we started organizing and hosting events, we made it a priority to reach out to new speakers and attendees and make our events welcoming to everyone.

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Happy Birthday, Linux. You've Taught Us Much.

Twenty-four years ago today, Linus Torvalds sent a message to the world. He said, “Hello, everybody out there…” and then calmly unleashed Linux. That message was received loud and clear. Since that day in 1991, Linux has undergone massive development and logged many milestones and Torvalds has become an iconic figure in the tech world.

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The Potential of the Blockchain: LinuxCon Keynote Preview

For the past few years I have been fascinated by the rise of Bitcoin and the technology that underpins it: the blockchain. Like Linux, the blockchain is an example of the continued march towards distributed systems and technology. Trust is a central element of these types of systems and the blockchain can enable this through its unique technology. If we have unique person-to-person trusted transactions without the need for a centralized institution all types of innovation and efficiency can be unlocked, especially for those in the developing world.

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A Preview: Oracle Connects the Dots at LinuxCon/CloudOpen/ContainerCon

I’m really pleased with the lineup of keynote speakers and sessions we have planned for LinuxCon, CloudOpen and ContainerCon taking place in Seattle in just two short weeks. Content is our first priority for these events, and I think developers, SysAdmins and executives will be happy with what they find in the keynote hall, session rooms and workshops.

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Announcing Our First SysAdmin Linux Certification Workshop at LinuxCon

Are you looking for a way to jumpstart your IT career or move mid-career to managing Linux systems? The 2015 Linux Jobs Report showed that certification is a great way to do this, with 44 percent of managers reporting they are more likely to hire someone with a certification. That’s one reason we created our Linux Foundation Certified SysAdmin program. If you have Linux skills, show it off with a convenient, neutral exam that has the backing of the Linux Foundation.

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Announcing Apache: Big Data and ApacheCon: Core

A year and a half ago, we forged a partnership with the Apache Software Foundation to become the producer of their official ASF events. The ASF has long blazed a trail of innovation in open source and our work with them has yielded results in successful developer collaboration and events. It’s been a great partnership, in our opinion, led on our side by my colleague Angela Brown.

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How - and Why - to Speak at Linux Foundation Events

 

The open source community lives and grows through collaboration. That collaboration is driven online but we’ve witnessed firsthand how much can be done and quickened by face-to-face meetings.

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A Request for Help from a Linux Community Member in Nepal

At the Linux Foundation we focus many of our programs on personalizing and connecting the talented network of Linux developers and users in all corners of the globe. Everyday we are witness to the Linux community innovating irrespective of geographic boundary; that is why this week we were moved by an email we received from one of our community asking for help.

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Will Cloud Foundry be the Linux of the Cloud?

I have known Sam Ramji since his days spreading open source religion at Microsoft. At that time, Linux and Microsoft were clearly on opposite ends of the spectrum, but Sam had the courage to step into the lion’s den and keynote the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit. His bravery, honesty and intelligence impressed me very much, so I was incredibly pleased to have him join the Linux Foundation Federation of Collaborative Projects as CEO of the Cloud Foundry Foundation.

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