The Linux Foundation Announces Four New Members from Around the Globe

New members hail from Brazil, Japan, Canada and the U.S.; each focused on advancing Linux for next-generation computing

SAN FRANCISCO, November 15, 2011 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced that four companies are joining the organization: DENSO Corporation, Integrated Computer Solutions (ICS), ProFUSION Embedded Systems and Savoir-Faire Linux.

These companies are joining The Linux Foundation to advance the Linux operating system for next-generation electronics, such as connected automobiles, phones and televisions, as well as for industrial automation and the development of mobile and web applications.

The Linux Foundation’s new members are also taking advantage of upcoming events that include LinuxCon Brazil November 17-18, 2011, and the first-ever Automotive Linux Summit November 28, 2011.

Today’s new Linux Foundation members include:

DENSO Corporation is headquartered in Japan and is a leading supplier of advanced automotive technology, systems and components for all the world’s major automakers. It operates in 35 countries and regions with more than 120,000 employees. The company is also on the Steering Committee for The Linux Foundation’s Automotive Linux Summit.

“The automotive market is at the beginning of a major technology revolution, and Linux is poised to play an important role,” said Hiroaki Tanaka, General Manager, DENSO Corporation. “DENSO is investing in the Linux platform to maximize its use of the operating system as the foundation for car computing for the long-term. We’re excited about the future of Linux in the auto industry.”

Integrated Computer Solutions (ICS) is headquartered in the USA and provides product development services and training for clients developing sophisticated, multi-touch applications for modern devices running Linux. It provides independent support for the LGPL version of Qt, and helps developers deliver applications for a broad range of touch-based devices, including tablets, handsets, in-vehicle infotainment systems and desktops.

“Embedded and mobile application development on Linux is growing fast, and we’re in a position to help navigate that growth with the community and our customers,” said Peter Winston, CEO, ICS. “Having long been proponents of open source technologies, our Linux Foundation membership will allow us to accelerate that work and to participate in the collaborative development process, ensuring that Linux-based applications continue to grow.”

ProFUSION Embedded Systems develops Linux and Android embedded software technologies for devices such as digital TV set-top boxes, media centers, Internet tablets and mobile phones. Based in Brazil, the company’s expert developers and consultants are known for working on the Linux kernel and graphical user interfaces, including work on the stack for Tizen. ProFUSION Embedded Systems will be presenting three talks at LinuxCon Brazil next week, one of which is titled “Tips and Tricks to Develop Software for CE Products on Low-End Hardware.”

“Linux is the leading operating system for embedded development, and it’s important for ProFUSION to contribute to this growing community through membership at The Linux Foundation,” said Gustavo Sverzut Barbieri, Director, ProFUSION Embedded Systems. “We’re looking forward to the collaboration opportunities at LinuxCon Brazil and through other initiatives such as the Yocto Project in the coming year.”

Savoir-Faire Linux is headquartered in Canada and helps companies maximize their return on investment through seamless integration of Linux and open source software in existing business environments. The company specializes in embedded Linux development, enterprise application consulting, and infrastructure design and support. Savoir-Faire Linux is also responsible for more than 100 contributions to various open source projects, including the Linux kernel.

“The Linux Foundation is a great place for an embedded Linux specialist to network with technology and thought leaders. Together, we can more effectively promote the real-time capabilities of Linux and benefit from the adoption of this powerful OS, in both industrial environments and consumer electronics,” said Dr. Abhay Ghatpande, director of Industry Solutions, Savoir-Faire Linux.

“Companies and organizations are coming to Linux from every industry and every region around the globe. The collective commitment to the platform is advancing Linux for a new generation of computing as we look towards the next 20 years,” said Amanda McPherson, vice president of marketing and developer programs at The Linux Foundation. “We’re very excited to welcome these leading companies to The Linux Foundation.”


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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