The VAR Guy: Perforce: Linux, Open Source Commitment High

Should companies that produce mostly proprietary software invest in Linux development? In one sense, that seems as illogical as the artisanal-organic bread guy from the local farmers’ market buying shares in Wonder Bread. But in a move that reveals the growing influence of open source beyond its traditional space, Perforce has joined the Linux Foundation and is very committed to supporting and protecting open-source code.

Fortune: Amid the patent wars, a powerful pact of non-aggression

The Open Invention Network, a community set up by an IBM-led consortium in 2005 to foster a safe patent environment for developers and users of the free, open-source software operating system Linux, now has more than 500 signatories, the group announced today. The group surpassed that symbolic milestone last December, according to its CEO Keith Bergelt, and now signs up a new company roughly every three days.

Embedded: Integrating Linux into automotive systems for the long haul

The Linux Foundation is revving up deployment of its widely used operating system by launching the Automotive Grade Linux Work Group to advance automotive system development through collaboration between the Linux and open-source communities and the automotive industry. Rudolf explains how the project will fuel in-vehicle technology innovation by developing a reference platform that meets the automotive industry's needs for connectivity and long-term viability.

Oracle: Oracle and Linux Foundation Partnership Growing Stronger

There are partnerships where there's great impact for all the community. This is the case with Oracle and Linux Foundation. We are growing strong in our collaboration and support of each other and the community as its extension.

Read more at Oracle's Linux Blog. Embedded Linux crash course available

For the time-impaired embedded developer, the Linux Foundation  is offering a condensed two day crash course version of its LF411 full five day course.

ReadWriteMobile: The 'Year of the Linux Desktop'? That's So 2012

For those Linux enthusiasts still pining for the mythical "Year of the Linux Desktop," the wait is over. In fact, it already happened. In 2012 Microsoft's share of computing devices fell to 20% from a high of 97% as recently as 2000, as a Goldman Sachs report reveals. While Apple has taken a big chunk of Microsoft's Windows lead, it's actually Google that plays Robin Hood in the operating system market, now claiming 42% of all computing devices with its free "Linux desktop" OS, Android.

CRN: 30 Notable IT Executive Moves: January 2013

Alan Cox, well-known for his contributions to the Linux kernel and, according to the Linux Foundation, the "18th most active individual contributor," is leaving Intel and will no longer be involved with Linux development. Cox cited family reasons for his exit in a post to his Google+ page.

Read more at CRN.

IT Business Edge: Linux Foundation Gits Growth

The Linux Foundation continues to amaze me as it never ceases to stop adding new members to its roster.

This week, development firm Perforce joined the Linux Foundation which is of interest for a number of reasons. Perforce builds enterprise-grade Git version management software solutions via the Git Fusion solution. For years, I've been told by 'other' enterprise development firms that Git is all fine and nice but it's not for enterprise developers (yeaah I know, FUD!).

Develop: Perforce joins the Linux Foundation

Enterprise management company Perforce has joined the Linux Foundation, the non-profit organisation dedicated to accelerating the growth of the Linux operating system.

Read more at Develop.

InfoWorld: Key Linux contributor Alan Cox steps down

Alan Cox, one of the chief contributors to the Linux kernel, has taken a step down from his volunteer duties, citing the need to attend to family matters.

Read more at InfoWorld

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