Weekly wrap-up: IBM pledges $1 billion for Linux, CEO takes on patent troll, and more

Open source news this week: September 16 - 20, 2013

Billion with a 'B.' Chances are you've already heard that IBM pledged this week to invest $1 billion (yes billion) to promote Linux development over the next five years. The announcement was made at LinuxCon by IBM Fellow and VP of Power Development Brad McCredie who said the money "will be applied to various product research, design, development, ecosystem skills, and go-to-market programs for clients, developers, Business Partners, entrepreneurs, academics, and students." More specifically, Big Blue wants to help clients take advantage of big data and cloud computing "with modern systems built to handle the new wave of applications coming to the data center in the post-PC era." It’s not the first time IBM has pledged a billion bucks to Linux. For a look back at IBM's years of Linux commitment, check out this slideshow from eWeek.

State of the kernel. In other LinuxCon news, the Linux Foundation released its annual Linux Kernel Development report this week. Among the findings is that Linux is becoming more mobile than ever, reports ReadWrite. The report also found that the rate of contributions is increasing, with an average of 7.14 changes being made to the kernel each hour, or roughly 171 changes every day. Want to review the report yourself? Fill out this form to download a copy from the Linux Foundation.