The Linux Foundation Adds Qualcomm Innovation Center Inc. as Platinum Member

The Linux Foundation Adds Qualcomm Innovation Center Inc. as Platinum Member

As Linux gains momentum in mobile communications, Qualcomm Innovation Center Inc. joins consortium dedicated to growth of Linux

LINUXCON, Boston, Mass., August 10, 2010 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced that the Qualcomm Innovation Center Inc. (QuIC) is joining the organization as a Platinum member. It joins a short list of existing Platinum members that includes Fujitsu, Hitachi, IBM, Intel, NEC and Oracle.

QuIC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, is focused on developing software for mobile open source platforms, optimizing open source software for mobile technologies, and enabling developers to build applications easily for the millions of devices powered by Qualcomm’s chipsets.

The use of Linux in mobile and electronic devices has been soaring. Linux is now the underpinning operating system (OS) for Android, MeeGo, and WebOS, among others, and today accounts for one of the highest growth rates of any OS in the device market, according to recent research conducted by ABI Research (“Linux for Mobile Devices, July 2010).

“QuIC’s membership in the The Linux Foundation represents the evolution and growth of the Linux operating system and its increasing use in the mobile and consumer electronics markets,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. “We’re very excited to have QuIC join The Linux Foundation at the Platinum level and look forward to continuing our work to advance Linux in this important market.”

“Our Linux Foundation membership is a strategic business move that supports our commitment to providing best-in-class support for all Linux-based operating systems,” said John Boackle, vice president of engineering for QuIC.

The Linux Foundation is helping to facilitate collaboration on technical and promotional activities to support this major growth area for Linux. There are three classes of corporate membership at The Linux Foundation: Silver, Gold and Platinum. The Platinum level of membership is the highest level of membership. QuIC joins an influential group of companies that have exhibited tremendous leadership and support for Linux and, as a Platinum member, will have a seat on The Linux Foundation’s Board of Directors.

For more information about Linux Foundation Corporate Membership, please visit: http://www.linuxfoundation.org/about/join/corporate. For individuals who are interested in supporting The Linux Foundation’s activities, the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and the advancement of Linux, Individual Membership is available with a variety of benefits. For more information, please visit: http://www.linuxfoundation.org/about/join/individual.

About The Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. Founded in 2007, the Linux Foundation sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and is supported by leading Linux and open source companies and developers from around the world. The Linux Foundation promotes, protects and standardizes Linux by hosting important workgroups, events such as LinuxCon, and online resources such as Linux.com. For more information, please visit www.linuxfoundation.org or follow the organization on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/linuxfoundation.
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