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Linux Kernel Report: More Contributors Than Ever

Working with Jon Corbet and Greg Kroah-Hartman to produce the ‘Who Writes Linux’ report is one of the most important research projects we do, as it surfaces important data and trends that offer some insight into how the Linux kernel development process is going and informs collaborative development practices across the industry. As the world’s largest collaborative development project, Linux can teach us much.

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How to Hire Top Linux Talent

Hiring top Linux and open source talent isn’t as easy as initiating a search with your favorite recruiter. Linux and open source developers and SysAdmins are among the most sought after talent in tech; companies like IBM, Twitter, Facebook and many more understand that to attract these folks, they have to do things differently. I’ve been working in open source since the late 90s and have seen first hand many of these changes.

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New Guide to the Open Cloud: Your Free Primer for Cloud Migration and Web-Scale IT

In the past year, we’ve witnessed open source cloud technologies advance in maturity and take off in whole new, unexpected directions. Just consider the many OpenStack distributions, open source networking and container-related projects that didn’t even exist a year ago.

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Drones, IoT, Containers and Cloud: CollabSummit 2015

Our schedule for The Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit is out and I’m proud of the speakers and projects we have assembled. I use CollabSummit and its unique structure as a litmus test for The Linux Foundation’s progress. When we started CollabSummit in 2007, we gathered about 200 people at the GooglePlex and brought Linux kernel developers, ecosystem executives, open source legal experts and more together for the first time.

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Join Us at Vault: The Linux Storage and Filesystem Conference

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Announcing Dronecode: Expanding the Architecture of Participation for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

A few months ago, I met Chris Anderson and Andy Jensen, CEO and COO of 3D Robotics, one of the leading manufacturers of commercial drones. They were interested in creating a software foundation for their open source drone projects and wanted to pattern it after the Linux Foundation. We quickly realized we could provide the collaborative and participatory infrastructure needed to advance the ecosystem, and Dronecode was born.

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New Linux Foundation Certification Review Guide Available for Free

Last month we announced the Linux Foundation Certified Engineer and Sys Admin exams that you can take anytime, anywhere through your computer. We created this program because we know Linux talent exists everywhere and we want everyone to be able to showcase that talent through a performance-based, challenging exam that focuses on what you do everyday as a Sys Admin.

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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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