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eWeek: Linux Foundation Aims to Prevent Next Heartbleed, Recruits Tech Giants

IBM, Intel, Cisco, Dell, Facebook, Microsoft and others join the Linux Foundation's Core Infrastructure Initiative to prevent future crises like Heartbleed.

The Linux Foundation has assembled many of the world's leading IT vendors together in a new effort to fund core infrastructure projects and help prevent another Heartbleed from ever happening again.

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TIME: Google, Amazon, Microsoft Plan $3.6M for Open Source Projects After Heartbleed Bug

Google, Amazon, and Microsoft are among a collection of technology giants backing a $3.6 million effort to support open source projectsthat are notoriously underfunded despite serving as a cornerstone of Internet security.

Gigaom: Linux Foundation rounds up vendor posse to save OpenSSL

One thing we learned from the Heartbleed security crisis — other than that we need to be more password savvy — is that OpenSSL is a very important open-source project that has been used by lots of tech giants but gets funded by very few of them.

Read more at Gigaom. 

PCWorld: In Heartbleed's wake, tech titans launch fund for crucial open-source projects

When the OpenSSL Heartbleed bug surfaced earlier in April, many people were shocked to discover that one of the most critical pieces of online infrastructure was so poorly supported.

Despite OpenSSL's wide use as a means of securing websites, the OpenSSL Software Foundation had just one full-time employee and received only $2,000 in donations every year.

TechCrunch: Facebook, Google, Intel, Microsoft, NetApp, Qualcomm, VMware And The Linux Foundation Form New Initiative To Prevent The Next Heartbleed

The OpenSSL Heartbleed disaster definitely opened up many people’s eyes to how underfunded and understaffed many of the open source projects the web relies on are. To prevent the next Heartbleed, Facebook, Google, Intel, Microsoft, NetApp, Qualcomm, VMware and The Linux Foundation today announced the “Core Infrastructure Initiative.” This initiative will fund and support important open source projects “that are in need of assistance.”

Ars Technica: Tech giants, chastened by Heartbleed, finally agree to fund OpenSSL

The important role OpenSSL plays in securing the Internet has never been matched by the financial resources devoted to maintaining it.

InfoWorld: Linux Foundation enlists Microsoft, Google to prevent the next Heartbleed

If we've learned one lesson from the Heartbleed fisaco, it's this: It should never happen again. But just patching or upgrading a project as crucial as OpenSSL won't be enough in the long run. When the Internet's stability and security rest on a project, that project must be given solid material support that ensures both growth and dependibility.

Read more at InfoWorld

ZDNet: Cisco, Microsoft, VMware, and other tech giants unite behind critical open-source projects

When you think of companies that support open source, you think of Google, IBM, and Intel. You don't think of Cisco, Microsoft, and VMware. Things have changed.

ComputerWorld: Top vendors join to bolster OpenSSL, other open source projects, after Heartbleed

IDG News Service - Reeling from the Heartbleed security fiasco, major IT vendors including Microsoft, IBM, Intel, Google and Cisco are backing a Linux Foundation initiative designed to boost open source projects considered critical to the industry.

Under the Core Infrastructure Initiative, these and other tech vendors such as Fujitsu, Facebook, NetApp, Rackspace and VMware will support open source projects with funding and expertise.

Bloomberg Businessweek: Technology Firms Pledge Support for Open Source After Heartbleed

At least 10 large technology companies, including Google Inc. (GOOG:US), Facebook Inc. and Cisco Systems Inc., have pledged to invest at least $300,000 each in the next three years to maintain open-source software after the Heartbleed security bug exposed the lack of funding for such projects.

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