It doesn't take much driving to notice that many in-car infotainment systems are custom-built and locked down tight. The Linux Foundation sees it differently and wants our cars to embrace the same notions of common roots and open code that we'd find in an Ubuntu box.
In the business world, money has long been the dominant success benchmark. A hundred years ago being a millionaire was enough, today it’s about being a billionaire. In open source software however, things are a bit different. Success is often defined not only by how much money is made, but instead by a company or project’s level of community contribution, involvement and participation. The gold standard for this type of success has long been the Linux Operating system.
The Linux Foundation is one of the best non-profits you can support. You may use Windows or OS X for your computer, but they wouldn’t be half as good as they are if it weren’t for Linux. In short – Linux is in everything. The continued success of the Foundation rests upon more major players in the tech community joining.
Twitter has joined the Linux Foundation, making its commitment to open source software just a bit more official. Like many operators of high-traffic websites, Twitter relies on open source throughout its data centers, with Linux servers hosting workloads and software projects that make it easier to handle big data and serve up Web content.
The intellectual property embedded in the software and standards that underlie the Internet represent billions of dollars of assets. (In 2008 the Linux ecosystem alone was valued at $25B.) These assets are often managed by non-profit foundations like the Linux Foundation, the Apache Foundation and the Wikimedia Foundation. These non-business and non-government 501c3 organizations are charged with maintaining their valuable assets for the public good.
So far, Android devices have sold well, especially in the consumer sector. But some CIOs–such as Terex’s Greg Fell–have steered clear of the open source platform, largely due to concerns about security. We asked Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin, who has a wide range of experience at companies such as Western Wireless (now T-Mobile USA), Corio and Covalent Technologies, to assess Android’s future in the enterprise. Here’s what he had to say.
The annual Linux Foundation Linux Training Scholarship Program aims to extend the reach of learning opportunities each year to computer science students, Linux developers and architects who show incredible promise for helping to shape the future of Linux but do not otherwise have the ability to attend Linux Foundation training courses. Five scholarships will be awarded and each will cover the expense for one course from The Linux Foundation’s course catalog, a value averaging more than $2,500.