Yahoo! Joins Linux Foundation

Search pioneer and premier digital media company powers its business with Linux, supports ongoing development and initiatives

SAN FRANCISCO April 20, 2011 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced that Yahoo! is its newest member.

Founded in 1994, Yahoo! is a major enterprise Linux user and premier digital media company that today attracts more than half a billion consumers a month in more than 30 languages. Yahoo! uses the Linux operating system as an integral part of its technical and developer infrastructure.

By joining The Linux Foundation, the company can maximize its investment in Linux while directly supporting the Linux community’s developer and legal efforts. Yahoo! will contribute to The Linux Foundation’s working groups and initiatives focused on virtualization, cloud computing and legal topics, such as open compliance. The company will also participate in Linux Foundation events, including The Linux Foundation End User Summit where it will interact with Linux kernel developers and other open source software experts.

Additional resources available to Yahoo! for collaboration are The Linux Foundation’s End User and Vendor Councils, as well as its Technical Advisory Board (made up of key Linux kernel developers and maintainers).

“The Linux Foundation is host to a variety of very important Linux projects as well as resources, tools and events that allow us to maximize our investment in the platform,” said Raymie Stata, Chief Technology Officer, Yahoo! “Linux is an important software aspect of the World Wide Web and is one of several components that will continue to be used in the future of computing. Yahoo! is excited to collaborate with The Linux Foundation and its peers to advance technologies that will help Linux achieve its promise.”

“Yahoo!’s leadership and deep expertise in cloud computing and the Web will provide valuable expertise that informs collaboration on Linux,” said Amanda McPherson, vice president of marketing and developer programs at The Linux Foundation. “We welcome Yahoo! and look forward to its contributions to The Linux Foundation and Linux community.”

Yahoo!’s Director of Linux Engineering, Sven Dummer, spoke at the recent Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit on a panel titled “What’s Next for Linux in the Enterprise and the Cloud.” See the video here: http://video.linux.com/video/1969

About Yahoo!
Yahoo! (NASDAQ:YHOO) is the premier digital media company, creating deeply personal digital experiences that keep more than half a billion people connected to what matters most to them, across devices and around the globe. And Yahoo!’s unique combination of Science + Art + Scale connects advertisers to the consumers who build their businesses. Yahoo! is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. For more information, visit the pressroom (pressroom.yahoo.com) or the company’s blog, Yodel Anecdotal (yodel.yahoo.com).

About The Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. Founded in 2000, the organization sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and promotes, protects and advances the Linux operating system by marshaling the resources of its members and the open source development community. The Linux Foundation provides a neutral forum for collaboration and education by hosting Linux conferences, including LinuxCon, and generating original Linux research and content that advances the understanding of the Linux platform. Its web properties, including Linux.com, reach approximately two million people per month. The organization also provides extensive Linux training opportunities that feature the Linux kernel community’s leading experts as instructors. Follow The Linux Foundation on Twitter.

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