Leading European Software Services Firm Joins Linux Foundation

Leading European Software Services Firm Joins Linux Foundation

credativ to help represent international community and collaborate on Linux Standard Base

SAN FRANCISCO, March 30, 2009 – The Linux Foundation (LF), the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced that credativ has become the newest member of the Linux Foundation.

credativ, an independent consulting and services company focused on free software and open standards, will participate in advancing the Linux Standard Base (LSB), which establishes common standards across the different Linux distributions. Additionally, as one of Europe’s largest employers of Debian developers, credativ has a particular interest in encouraging collaboration focused around Debian development.

“credativ will bring important contributions to the Linux Foundation,” said Amanda McPherson, vice president of marketing and developer programs at the Linux Foundation. “credativ brings to the membership new, on-the-ground experience in Europe where we see some of the most progressive approaches to Linux and open standards. We’re looking forward to working with them.”

The Linux developer and user communities are strong in Europe where the UK government recently announced a 10-point action plan to encourage greater use of open source software in the public sector. credativ’s participation in the Linux Foundation will further streamline LSB efforts across geographies.

“We see steady growth in the Linux and open source software market, and our customers are looking for services and support that are based on common standards,” said Dr. Michael Meskes, CEO at credativ. “Our Linux Foundation membership will help us serve the community and our customers by advancing efforts related to the Linux Standard Base and the desktop.”

As a member of the Linux Foundation, credativ will take part in the Desktop Linux and LSB workgroups, as well as participate in popular Linux Foundation events.

About credativ
credativ is an independent consulting and services company with offices in Mönchengladbach, Jülich and München in Germany, Rugby in the United Kingdom and Orangeville in Canada. The company specializes in designing and implementing professional business solutions using Free and Open Source Software. credativ was founded in Germany in 1999, opened offices in the UK in 2004 and in Canada in 2007. credativ has operated the Open Source Support Centre (OSSC) since May 2006, offering professional 24/7 Enterprise Support for numerous Open Source projects. The group employs 45 people in its offices in the UK, Germany and Canada. http://www.credativ.com/

About the Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. Founded in 2007, the Linux Foundation sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and is supported by leading Linux and open source companies and developers from around the world. The Linux Foundation promotes, protects and standardizes Linux by providing unified resources and services needed for open source to successfully compete with closed platforms. For more information, please visit www.linux-foundation.org.

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