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Resources for Women and Newcomers at LinuxCon

For many years, Linux Foundation research has pointed out that companies have a hard time finding enough skilled applicants for their Linux-related technical positions, especially in development.

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Welcoming #MesosCon to CloudOpen

A few months ago I met with Twitter to discuss adding Apache Mesos into the CloudOpen and LinuxCon fold. Apache Mesos is the cornerstone of Twitter’s elastic compute infrastructure and fits perfectly into these events. Our aim is to bring the developers and users of these projects together with other developers and users of related projects to solve complex technical problems. 

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LinuxCon Keynotes Display How Open Source Methods Are Spreading

You'd expect LinuxCon content to be centered around Linux -- and of course the ten tracks we have between LinuxCon and CloudOpen will feature the latest in developer and sys admin/dev ops technical topics such as Linux kernel development, virtualization, containers and open cloud technologies. (Plus a keynote speaker you may have heard of: Linus Torvalds.) But it’s been inspiring to see the principles of Linux and open source -- open collaboration, meritocracy, crowd-sourcing -- spread to other areas of society, from education to 3D printing to medical devices and cars.

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New Report: The Way Software is Built is Changing. Are You a Part of the Trend?

Open source software was first introduced in the enterprise by developers who used it in secret. CIOs and other managers would assert there wasn’t any open source within their walls only to uncover multiple skunkworks projects built on and with open source. Over the last decade, the use of open source software and tools has gone mainstream and today developers and managers alike understand and reap the benefits. Today no one gets fired for using open source.

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Learn KVM and Receive Exclusive Invitation to Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit

Linux and open virtualization technologies are helping push the limits of IT infrastructure to support cloud computing, high-availability data centers and more. From KVM to Xen Project and more, SysAdmins have more opportunity than ever before to be a part of the team innovating to advance both business opportunities and technology in their companies.

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As Tech Jobs Increase, Linux Skills Top Priority List for Hiring Managers

US News & World Report recently published its annual ranking of the world's "100 Best Jobs," which orders the best occupations by demand, salary and employment rate, among other factors. For the very first time, Software Developer ranked #1 on the list, and systems administrator positions, from computer systems analyst to database administrator and more, ranked among the top 20.

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How Linux Foundation Events Have Evolved

Today we released our 2014 global event schedule. Back in 2007, we created The Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit because I could see a unique opportunity to bring together the developers, industry leaders and end users (largely from the enterprise) who were creating this thing we called Linux.

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A New Open Cloud Directory: Free Whitepaper

As the Foundation for the operating system for the cloud and organizer of the CloudOpen conferences, we frequently get requests from members, investors and analysts for a guidebook for the open cloud: something detailing who are the top open source cloud projects, who are the top contributors and how to find them. We were asked so often for this that Jennifer Cloer and I decided to produce a white paper available to all. 

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Google and IBM Team Up to Work On Next Generation Data Center Technology

Earlier this week, Google, IBM, Mellanox, NVIDIA and Tyan announced plansto form the OpenPOWER Consortium – "an open development alliance based on IBM's POWER microprocessor architecture." According to the release, the Consortium will collaborate on both hardware and software to build out new hyperscale and cloud data centers.   
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LinuxCon Program Announced: Join the Most Technical Mardi Gras Parade In History

I’m pleased to announce the schedules for LinuxCon and CloudOpen happening this September in New Orleans. We had more submissions than ever and narrowing them down was probably the most difficult process we’ve ever had. And yes we will have a parade from the conference to one of the parties; I bet it will have more C developers marching than any other Mardi Gras parade in history.

The full schedule can be found here.

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