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Linux is Everywhere (Now in the Air)

When I talk to family and friends outside of the technology business about what I do, I often get reactions like this, “I’ve never seen or used Linux. It’s just used by technology geeks, right?” My reply? “I’ll bet you a thousand dollars you’ve used Linux. You just haven’t realized it.” I then ask them the following:

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Two Days in Tokyo: Linux Foundation Japan Symposium

One of our successful programs here at the Linux Foundation is also one of the least well known — at least in the United States. Three times a year, the Linux Foundation Japan office brings in leading Linux luminaries to present and interact with local senior software developers. The goal? To increase open source participation by talented Japanese developers. The result? Even though it’s not an exact science, accepted patches from Japanese developers have been rising over the last years.

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The Linux Foundation Summer Newsletter

The Linux Foundation Summer 2007 Newsletter

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+- The LF Names Markus Rex CTO +-

+- First Ever Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit A Resounding Success +-

+- The LF Responds to Microsoft FUD in BusinessWeek +-

+- Improving Printing Functionality in Linux: Open Printing Results +-

+- Community Travel Fund Launches +-

+- Linux Foundation in the News +-

+- Linux Foundation Upcoming Events: Catch us Live +-

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On the Release of GPLv3

Dan Frye, IBM’s VP of open systems development and an LF board member, suggested at the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit that the Linux community should “just chill about v2 and v3.” We agree.

While at first look, having software available under different licenses may sound complicated, it’s actually not much different than the multitude of licenses that have always been available in both the open and closed source worlds. GPLv3 represents one more.

Here are the facts:

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Gates on Patents

From the New York Times:

WHAT a difference 16 years makes. Last month, the technology world was abuzz over an interview in Fortune magazine in which Bradford Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel, accused users and developers of various free software products of patent infringement and demanded royalties. Indeed, in recent years, Mr. Smith has argued that patents are essential to technological breakthroughs in software.

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The LF Collaboration Summit is History

The first ever Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit ended on Friday. I spent today de-compressing and summing up the highlights and accomplishments in a news release that will go out tomorrow. By my estimation (and most I’ve talked to), the LF Collaboration Summit was a great success.

Here’s the formula I used to make this determination: The right people + collaborating on the right projects +having a great time = success.

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LF Collaboration Summit: Day One

So I think you can all imagine that I don’t have much time for blogging, given the time requirements that organizing the LF Summit require. But I just wanted to say that so far this inagural meeting has been AMAZING.

I’ve been working with open source companies for about six years now, and very closely with Linux for the past four, and I have never see such a diverse and accomplished group of people gathered together. At the summit, we have (in the words of one very well known journalist I won’t name)

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Response to our Businessweek Editorial

Last week Businessweek published an editorial we wrote responding to the Fortune article containing Microsoft’s patent threats. The reaction has been overwhelming. Some of the best articles below:

Charlie Babcock’s take on InfoWeek

Dana Blakenhorn says we’re letting it fly on his blog on ZDNET.

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We’re Changing Our Name

It’s been a hard week. First Bill Hilf, open source program manager at Microsoft (talk about a tough job), tells the world that “Linux doesn’t exist in 2007″ and that Linus has a job. (For the Linux Foundation no less. Can’t believe we didn’t keep that a secret.)

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Wow, Microsoft Must Really Be Threatened

Monday morning started out well — a continuation of the sunny day we had Sunday, a few hours to concentrate on my actual work — until the phone rang. Microsoft had unleashed a FUD storm with more vague patent threats. While a few articles have been published with Linux Foundation statements, I wanted to elaborate on our public comments so far.

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