Linux World has come to an end and it was a busy time last week for us over here at The Linux Foundation. In addition to attending conference sessions, manning our booth in the dot org pavilion and our internal board of directors meeting, we had the opportunity to take a break Wednesday night and hang out with some of our members, Linux World speakers and other various movers and shakers in Linux including Dan Frye and John Beauvais of IBM, Doug Fisher of Intel, Alan Clark and Jeff Jaffe at Novell, Larry Augustin, Chris DiBona and Leslie Hawthorne from Google, Bdale Garbee at HP, Dan Kege
On July 28, Linus Torvalds released the 2.6.27-rc1 prepatch and closed the merge window for 2.6.27. That means we now know what will be in this kernel, which will probably be released sometime in October. Recent cycles have featured a lot of internal cleanup and relatively few new features, but 2.6.27 will reverse that trend somewhat. Linux users will see a lot of new things here.
Michael Arrington over at Techcrunch is throwing down the gauntlet to produce a “dead simple and dirt cheap touch screen web tablet to surf the web. Nothing fancy like the Dell latitude XT, which costs $2,500. Just a Macbook Air-thin touch screen machine that runs Firefox and possibly Skype on top of a Linux kernel. It doesn’t exist today, and as far as we can tell no one is creating one.
The deadline for Linux Plumbers Conference speaker proposals has been extended to July 31st. We are looking for proposals from knowledgeable speakers on timely technical topics related to core Linux software - kernel, utilities, graphics, libraries, etc. The ideal proposal will address a specific technical problem or opportunity and suggest solutions.
I’m very pleased to welcome Brian Proffitt to the Linux Foundation. Brian will be serving as the community manager and editor for the Linux Developer Network. We’re extremely lucky to lure Brian away from Jupiter Media, where he built a thriving community and reported on Linux for such publications as Linux Today and Linux Planet.
The 8th Linux Foundation Japan Symposium took place last week in Tokyo. The goal of these symposiums is to bring leading Linux luminaries to present and interact with local senior software developers, with the goal of increasing open source participation by talented Japanese developers and also fostering Linux usage in the Japanese IT industry.
Andrew Morton was on hand to speak about the status and direction of kernel development, covering kernel process material and specifically highlighting areas that need to be worked on including solid state disks and the linux-next tree.
Linus Torvalds released the 2.6.26 kernel on July 13 - somewhat later than most people had expected. At a full three months, this development cycle took longer than some others; that is especially surprising given that the number of patches merged and new features added is somewhat less than we have seen in recent development cycles. Still, at over 10,000 changesets, this is not a small release.
If you work around Linux regularly, in some ways the latest amazing news is… not that amazing. The New York Stock Exchange, where the world’s largest public companies trade their stocks, is now running on Linux. (Microsoft is not listed on the NYSE; they trade on the NASDAQ. Now *that* would have been a fun headline…) In addition the Chicago Mercantile Exchange also runs on Linux. While perhaps not as famous as the NYSE, the CME is one of the largest exchanges in the world. Even the Tokyo Stock Exchange is running on Linux.