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LinuxCon Keynote Series: An Interview with IBM’s Bob Sutor

In the run up to LinuxCon, we’ve sat down with a number of the conference’s keynote speakers. This week it’s IBM’s Vice President of Open Source and Linux Bob Sutor. Bob is kicking off LinuxCon with his keynote, “Regarding Clouds, Mainframes, Desktops and Linux,” and also participating in a panel discussion with Oracle’s Monica Kumar and Adobe’s Dave McAllister on Open Standards and Linux.

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2.6.31 is out

After a development cycle lasting exactly three months (June 9 to September 9), Linus Torvalds has released the 2.6.31 kernel. This cycle saw the inclusion of almost 11,000 different changes from over 1100 individual developers representing some 200 companies; a minimum of 16% of the changes came form developers representing only themselves. In other words, over the last three months, Linux kernel developers were putting 118 changes into the kernel every day. That is a lot of work.

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Protecting Linux from Microsoft (Yes, Microsoft Got Caught)

Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal’s Nick Wingfield broke a story on Microsoft selling a group of patents to a third party. The end result of this story is good for Linux, even though it doesn’t placate fears of ongoing attacks by Microsoft.

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Can’t Make it to LinuxCon this Year? Watch online for free

2009 is shaping up to be one of the worst years in modern memory for corporate travel funding, which is one reason I’m extremely grateful that the registrations for LinuxCon so far have been good. Because of the tough economic climate, we wanted to make sure Linux users and developers all over the world could participate in LinuxCon without leaving their cube/office/RV/tent/etc. You can watch and participate in LinuxCon keynotes for free by registering here.

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The Perils of Linux Maturity: Torvalds Fakes Emerge in Twittersphere

Rolex, movies, Gucci, and even Sharpie pens, among other consumer goods, are well known for reaching a level of ubiquity where people start producing fakes or knock-offs. From our industry, even Steve Jobs’ personal brand warranted a knock-off in the form the FakeSteveJobs blog. Linux, too, has reached that level of ubiquity and maturity. We all use Linux every day via our bank ATMs, our cars, our netbooks, the Internet (Google, Facebook and more), and the list goes on.

Thus, the Linus Torvalds knock-offs have naturally come forth.

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I Was at the First LinuxCon

People often say things like this as a badge of honor. Some of us even keep event badges hung from our office doors as a tally of the events we’ve attended.

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Programming

I've actually written code lately, although for some reason it's been all these stupid projects. First I needed to fix the kernel tty refcounting, then I got all OCD on the git SHA1 routines.

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The Value of Linux Job Skills Rises 50%

Last week, Datamation published an article on the rise in value of Linux job skills in today’s economy. Linux system administration skills are now the number 2 hottest IT job skill. In the last year, the value of Linux skills has risen 50 percent, an astounding rise in a tough economy.

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How To Survive LinuxCon

I’ve frequently been accused of packing too much into our Linux Foundation events, making it nearly impossible to choose one session without missing other “must attend” ones. At this accusation, I proudly raise my hand and say, “Guilty as charged.” But by admitting guilt, I am not admitting repentance.

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Enterprise IT Hits Bottom - Open Source Holds an Intervention

Sometimes you need to hit rock bottom before you can get the help you need. IDC acted as an “interventionist” today publishing a new report showing how open source is growing in the down economy.

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