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New Benefits for Linux Foundation Members

We are extremely lucky to have the support of so many who are individual members of the Linux Foundation. Their  $99/year membership helps ensure we can continue  protecting, promoting and advancing Linux and support the work of Linus Torvalds himself.

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15 Facts You Should Know About MeeGo

Coming out of Computex, there’s been a lot of momentum for Meego,  the Linux-based platform that can power multiple computing devices, including handsets, netbooks, tablets, connected TVs and in-vehicle infotainment systems. Ibrahim Haddad, the Linux Foundation director of technology and alliances, has just published a new article, “An Introduction to the Meego Project.”

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FOSS Compliance: What Are the Basics You Must Know?

Software compliance isn’t exactly the sexiest topic we tackle at the Linux Foundation, but it’s one of the most important. While we focus *our* efforts on open source software, the vast majority of software compliance efforts are focused on proprietary licenses. Just ask a CIO of an enterprise who has been audited by one of their software suppliers recently, or look at the well funded efforts of the Business Software Alliance, an organization dedicated to stamping out piracy and keeping companies in compliance with their members.

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Linux Adds to Super Computing Dominance: Good News for Linux Users

While it may not equal the hysteria of the iPad or the latest Android release, the news last week ranking the top 500 Super Computers in the world is significant, especially if you’re a Linux user. Why? Because Linux continues to dominant super computing. This year it’s added to its domination and occupies 470 of the top 500 spots. (The rest: 25 with Unix, mainly AIX, and Windows with only 5.) A detailed look at the OS breakdown can be found here.

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LinuxCon Program Announced: This Year’s Themes

It’s been a hectic few months narrowing down the content for this year’s LinuxCon. Craig Ross and I have been working on this schedule for what seems like years, but we are very proud to announce it today. You can find it here.

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Miss CollabSummit? Now You Can See What You Missed

Last week, we had our fourth annual Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit. In the years since our first one at Google in 2007, quite a bit has changed: more mobile content, a bigger audience and a broader collection of developers, industry people and users solving real technical and legal challenges facing the platform. (We also all got free Linux phones.) Another big change? For the first time we offered live streaming of day one to anyone who registered.

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Announcing the 2010 We’re Linux Video Winners

I am pleased to announce the winners of the 2010 We’re Linux Video Contest. We had quite a few amazing videos to choose from, many of which captured the spirit of Linux.

Winners

First place: Go Linux

http://video.linuxfoundation.org/video/1696

Second place: Create Something Unique

http://video.linuxfoundation.org/video/1683

Third place: Linux: Free Your Computer

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Can You Design a Better Linux T-shirt than Us?

Today we launched a new initiative at the Linux Foundation: a merchandise store on Linux.com.

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How to Learn Embedded Linux (For Free Again)

In the past few years, the use of Linux in embedded devices has skyrocketed. Televisions, phones, cars, ATMs: you name it, it probably has Linux running in it. At the recent Mobile World Congress, Linux dominated virtually every product announcement: Samsung’s Bada, many new Android phones, the Linux Foundation’s MeeGo project, Palm, and many more. Embedded Linux today has been nearly as disruptive as Linux was in the data center in the 90s and 2000s as it displaced proprietary Unix OSes.

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How To Learn Linux From the Developers of Linux. (For Free.)

The Linux community is a pyramid. The base is comprised of millions of Linux users and system administrators. The second level is programmers who work with Linux; some of those developers contribute to the kernel, many do not. The top rung of the pyramid is the thousand or so kernel developers and maintainers who actively contribute to the kernel or other projects that make up a distribution. These are the leaders whose code and ideas shape the system that users and sys admins work with everyday. One of the goals of the Linux Foundation is

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