Linux Foundation December Newsletter

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In this month’s Linux Foundation newsletter:

* IPv6 Workgroup Certifies Major Distros Compliant with DoD Mandates
* Technical Advisory Board Elects New Members
* Linux Foundation, Open Invention Network Co-Sponsor ‘Linux Defenders’ Program
* Linux Foundation in the News
* 2009 Linux Foundation Calendar of Events
* Linux Foundation Sponsors FreedomHEC
* Linux Foundation Holds Japan Symposium

==> IPv6 Workgroup Certifies Major Distros Compliant with DoD Mandates <==

On Nov. 24, the Linux Foundation announced that its IPv6 (Internet
Protocol Version 6) Workgroup has enabled the major Linux “distros” to
meet the U.S. Federal Government’s Department of Defense (DOD) mandate
and certification requirements for this next generation Internet
protocol.

IPv6 is the next-generation Internet protocol designed to replace the
current version, IPv4, which has been used for nearly 20 years. Due to
the explosive growth of the Internet, it is expected that IPv4
addresses will be exhausted within just a few short years, resulting
in an urgency for IPv6 compliance.

To accelerate IPv6 migration, the US Federal Government put into place
a mandate for all of its agencies to meet the next-generation Internet
protocol requirements for any computing and networking equipment they
acquire.

The Linux Foundation, with leadership from Venkata Jagana, Senior
Technical Staff Member and Chief Architect of Networking within IBM’s
Linux Technology Center, formed a Linux IPv6 Workgroup to
collaboratively address this major undertaking and enable Linux-based
machines to be next-generation Internet ready out of the box. Other
active workgroup participants included HP, Nokia-Siemens, Novell, and
Red Hat.

More information is available at
http://linux-foundation.org/weblogs/press/2008/11/24/linux-foundation-workgroup-tackles-federal-mandate-for-next-generation-internet-protocol/

==> Technical Advisory Board Elects New Members <==

Last week, the results of the 2008 Technical Advisory Board (TAB)
election were announced, an election that drew record numbers of
candidates and voters.

The TAB consists of ten members of the Linux kernel community, who are
annually elected by their peers to serve staggered, two-year terms.
The TAB collaborates with The Linux Foundation on programs and issues
that affect the Linux community. The TAB chair also sits on the board
of The Linux Foundation.

The newest board members, elected to serve two-year terms, are:

• James Bottomley, Linux Kernel maintainer of the SCSI subsystem, the
Linux Voyager port and the 53c700 driver;
• Kristen Carlson Accardi, kernel developer at Intel and contributor
to the ACPI, PCI, and SATA subsystems;
• Christoph Hellwig, (one-year term), software architect and developer
in the storage software sector;
• Chris Mason, Oracle Kernel development team and creator of the Btrfs
file system;
• Dave Jones, maintainer of the Fedora kernel at Red Hat; and
• Chris Wright, employed by Red Hat, maintainer for the LSM framework,
and co-maintainer of the -stable Linux kernel tree.

Kristen, Chrisoph, Chris and Dave are all new members of the TAB. The
TAB is completed with the remaining four members, who are serving out
the rest of their two-year terms: Jonathan Corbet, Greg Kroah-Hartman,
Christoph Lameter and Arjan Van de Ven.

More information is available at
http://linux-foundation.org/weblogs/press/2008/12/09/linux-foundation-technical-advisory-board-elects-new-members/

==> LF, Open Invention Network Co-Sponsor ‘Linux Defenders’ Program  <==

Open Invention Network (OIN), a collaborative enterprise that enables
open source innovation and an increasingly vibrant ecosystem around
Linux, recently unveiled the Linux Defenders program
(http://linuxdefenders.org/), designed to make prior art more readily
accessible to patent and trademark office examiners, and increase the
quality of granted patents and reduce the number of poor quality
patents.

Co-sponsored by the Software Freedom Law Center and the Linux
Foundation, Linux Defenders is a first-of-its-kind program that aims
to reduce future intellectual property concerns about meritless
patents for the Linux and open source community. The program is
designed to accomplish this by soliciting prior art to enable the
rejection of poor quality patent applications; soliciting prior art to
enable the invalidation of poor quality issued patents; and soliciting
high quality inventions that can be prepared as patent applications or
defensive publications.

“This is an important program that will give the community additional
confidence in the code they develop,” said Jim Zemlin, LF executive
director. “The open source community is getting an IP rights tool that
will limit distractions created from organizations that like to play
the FUD game. We enthusiastically encourage the Linux and open source
communities to contribute to Linux Defenders.”

Visit http://linuxdefenders.org/ for more information on this new program.

==> Linux Foundation in the News <==

Linux Developer Network: As companies become more distributed and less
centralized in their operations, the need to spread IT out without
adding a lot of captial and resource overhead has become a real
challenge. Cisco is trying to address that need with a $100,000
developer contest to build the best applications for the distributed
workforce. (http://ldn.linuxfoundation.org/article/cisco-developer-contest-brodges-gap-between-networking-development)

LinuxDevices: “In an interview with the Linux Foundation’s Jim Zemlin,
the group’s executive director explains why Moblin is ‘the project you
want to watch.’ Zemlin also touts Linux for being ideally ‘well
hedged’ to survive the recession, but points to a future obstacle for
the OS.” (http://linuxdevices.com/articles/AT6156185477.html)

TechNewsWorld: “‘Linux is now feature-identical to Windows. Despite
the nitpicking details, Linux won’t be an unusual experience to use on
netbooks,’ Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation,
told LinuxInsider.”
(http://www.technewsworld.com/story/hardware/65431.html)

PC World: “Byron applied the Linux Foundation’s rather academic
methodology to the development costs of Microsoft’s Vista and closely
related products and found that Redmond’s costs were approximately $14
billion, which lines up pretty well with the Fedora costs. The real
takeaway from Byron’s exercise is that the Linux Foundation estimate
is a reasonable one to use, and that the collaborative nature of
open-source development is a good deal for investors because cheaper
is obviously better if quality is consistent.”
(http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/155011/open_source_is_dead_long_live_open_source.html)

LinuxInsider: “‘In cases where vendors fail to open their code, the
Linux Foundation and the Linux community can be helpful both in
education and driver development. Uncooperative hardware vendors are
often folks who just have not had as much exposure to the Linux
development process,’ [Amanda McPherson, vice president of marketing
and developer programs for the Linux Foundation] said, ‘We find that
most vendors are interested in collaborating on driver development.
It’s also worth noting that the Linux community offers to write
drivers for free for any vendor through the Linux Driver Project.’”
(http://www.linuxinsider.com/story/The-Linux-Licensing-Labyrinth-65185.html)

==> 2009 Calendar of Events <==

Here are the latest dates for Linux Foundation events in 2009:

Collaboration Summit - April 8-10 - co-located with the Embedded
Linux Conference (April 6-8) and the Linux Storage and Filesystems
Workshop (April 6-7)
San Francisco, CA

LinuxCon - Sept 21-23
Linux Plumbers Conference - Sept 23-25
Portland, OR

Kernel Summit - Oct 18-20
Japan Linux Symposium - Oct 21-23
Tokyo, Japan

Dates for the End User Summit (Fall) and the Legal Summits (Spring and
Fall) are still to be determined.

==> The Linux Foundation Sponsors FreedomHEC  <==

The first FreedomHEC Taipei event took place on November 20-21, 2008
in Taipei, Taiwan. FreedomHEC is a conference where hardware engineers
are invited to learn
how easy it is to make their hardware work with Linux. Support from
the Linux Foundation and the Institute for Information Industry made
the event possible.

The event was attended by 165 people representing 41 companies.
Speakers covered a large range of topics including X.org graphics
drivers, input devices, and how to work with the Linux kernel
community.

During the conference, speakers made new contacts within hardware
companies that will help both parties fix issues on hardware running
Linux. And speakers helped get a few kernel patches that had been
sitting out of tree pushed towards mainline. Next year, the organizers
are looking to improve the conference even more by involving more
local speakers, providing translators, and offering tutorial sessions
for attendees.

==> Japan Symposium News <==

Tokyo, Japan was the host for the latest LF event: the Linux
Foundation Japan Symposium. On November 19, 102 attendees came to
Otemachi KDDI Hall in central Tokyo to get the latest news and
information on developments around the Linux operating system.

Kicking off the conference was the seminal Linux Weather Report from
Jon Corbet. In Corbet’s report on the conference at LWN
(http://lwn.net/Articles/307990/), he cited a quick check of the
2.6.28 kernel code: “It appears that a full 5% of those patches came
from Japanese developers. If we exclude the work of one prolific
developer who currently lives in Europe, it can be said that about 4%
of 2.6.28 came from Japan itself,” he wrote.

“There has been a distinct increase in the amount of kernel code
coming from that part of the world, and that can only be a good thing.
The Linux Foundation’s events in Japan (which began in the OSDL days
and have been occurring regularly for a few years now) are, perhaps,
producing the intended result,” Corbet added.

That, coupled with the audience’s willingness to jump in and ask
questions of Corbet and the other speakers, only highlights the high
interest Japan’s development has in Linux. That’s a big part of the
reason the Foundation has chosen to host next year’s Kernel Summit in
Japan, adjacent to an expanded three-day version of this year’s Japan
Symposium.

Other topics at the 2008 Symposium included:

* “Cgroup and Memory Resource Controller… What is It?” –Hiroyuki
Kamezawa (Fujitsu)
* “Evolution and Diversity: The Meaning of Freedom and Openness in
Linux” –James Bottomley (The Linux Foundation)
* “Kernel Summit 2008 Report” –Ted Ts’o (The Linux Foundation)
* “Next Generation File Systems and Data Integrity” –Ric Wheeler (Red Hat)
* “Panel Discussion: Where Is Linux Going?” –Corbet, Bottomley, Ts’o,
and Tsugikazu Shibata (NEC)

For video of the presentations, please visit
https://www.linuxfoundation.org/events/Japan+Symposium+2008/video/.