News - 2013

Business Insider: 12 Unexpected Things That Exist Because Of Linux

It feels like Linux doesn't get enough love.

Apple's OS X and Microsoft's Windows operating systems are always in the  spotlight, but the free and open-source Linux quietly churns away to power a  surprising number of everyday or unusual items.

Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, told us, "You use  Linux every day but you don't know it. It's such a fundamental part of our  lives.

Read more at Business Insider.

GigaOm: ARM servers get a webscale win with Xen hypervisor support

The newest version of the Xen hypervisor will support servers that use ARM-based chips, according to a Tuesday announcement from the Linux Foundation. This is a big deal in bringing ARM-based servers into the webscale data center since many large-scale cloud providers are using the Xen hypervisor.

Read more at GigaOm.

eWeek: Intel, Samsung Kick Off App Contest for Tizen OS

The tech giants are looking to ramp up the number of mobile apps for Tizen with a contest that will offer $4 million in prizes.

Intel and Samsung Electronics are looking to boost their nascent Tizen mobile operating system with an app developer contest that will offer more than $4 million in cash prizes.

Read more at eWeek.

Network World: A Look at 22 Linux Foundation Newbies

Given the open-source community's emphasis on being inclusive and welcoming to as many contributors as possible, it's perhaps unsurprising that the Linux Foundation – an umbrella group working to promote and support the use of Linux – has already added no fewer than 22 new corporate members this year. Here's a look at the companies that joined up.

Read more at Network World.

SmartData Collective: Five More Common Myths About Open Source

We establish some Linux facts and debunk some popular Open Source myths.

Computerworld: Linux Foundation sees broadening role for developers

Linux developers were once just that, developers. But their role is changing says the Linux Foundation, which is expanding its training options to help them.

The foundation, an industry supported non-profit, has added two courses to its program, OpenStack Cloud Architecture and Deployment and Linux Enterprise Automation.

Read more at Computerworld.

OSTATIC: Linux Foundation's 2013 Training Scholarship Program Opens

The Linux Foundation has just announced  that its 2013 Linux  Training Scholarship Program is open for applications. This program has  been in place since 2011, and is actually pretty cool.

VentureBeat: Linux creates scholarship for developer do-gooders and women

These new scholarship categories come with special awards for “whiz kids,”  women in Linux, sysadmins, developer do-gooders, and developers who work on the  Linux kernel.

Given the demand for Linux-trained professionals in the job market, it’s  interesting to see the foundation focusing specifically on women and  socially-conscious developers in particular. This focus mirrors some of the most  interesting trends in development in the real world.

InformationWeek: How Linux Foundation Runs Its Virtual Office

The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit that manages much of the day-to-day business behind the open souce operating system, maintains a small office in San Francisco. Stop by, however, and you probably won't find anyone there.  That's because the organization's 30-something employees work virtually. 

Read more at InformationWeek.

Bloomberg Businessweek: Behind the ‘Internet of Things’ Is Android—and It’s Everywhere

Ken Oyadomari’s work space at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif., looks like a triage tent for smartphones. Parts from dozens of disassembled devices are strewn on workbenches. A small team of young engineers picks through the electronic carnage, carefully extracting playing card-size motherboards—the microprocessing heart of most computers—that will be repurposed as the brains of spacecraft no bigger than a softball. Satellites usually cost millions of dollars to build and launch. The price of Oyadomari’s nanosats, as they’ve become known, is around $15,000 and dropping.

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