Happy New Year from the Linux Foundation! It’s been an exciting and busy first year for the organization. In the last year we focused on promoting, protecting and standardizing the Linux platform. We’ve seen Linux continue to expand with growth in the server, desktop and mobile areas.
The Foundation was established in order to insure the continued growth and protection of the Linux platform. In addition to being the home of Linus Torvalds, we are host to key standards for Linux that enable the ecosystem to interoperate and grow. We offer a neutral forum where vendors and community members can collaborate on technical projects to make Linux stronger. Finally, we offer leadership in legal issues that affect the platform through our member-only legal meetings and advisory board.
Highlights of the Linux Foundation’s first year include:
* We provided a neutral forum for meaningful technical work on the Linux platform, including results in accessibility, standardization, printing, drivers, desktop and other areas
* The first Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit was held where 250 of the leaders of the development, vendor and end user communities came together to improve the Linux platform
* We were tested by competitive FUD from Microsoft on legal issues and responded with hundreds of news articles, including a by-lined op-ed piece in BusinessWeek which was widely quoted from and re-printed in magazines worldwide
* The Foundation established itself as the neutral spokesperson for the platform, ensuring Linux’s voice is heard in business, trade and online media communities and with analysts
* We responded to a rise in legal issues raised about Linux by coordinating member legal resources in the first Linux Foundation Legal Summit
* The LF educated the public about Linux kernel developments through our partnership with Jon Corbet and the launch of the Linux Weather Forecast
* We encouraged the growth of the Linux development community via educational programs in other countries, including Japan and China
* We assisted development by implementing an NDA program so that Linux developers can gain access to proprietary specifications needed for device support
* We continued to provide a safe haven and programs for open source developers by sponsoring fellowships (including Linus Torvlads) and established a developer travel fund
We are excited to begin work on another fruitful year and look forward to working with each of you to foster the growth of Linux.
In 2008 we hope to have an even greater impact on Linux by accelerating the development of the Linux Standard Base so that ISV’s will be able to target Linux easily. We plan on kicking off a Linux Developer Network that will be a focal point for ISV’s to find information about writing applications on Linux. We are also excited about the expansion of our exclusive events. This year we will be hosting two Collaboration Summits, the Linux Kernel Summit, our Legal summit, and others. These are exclusive events enable the key players in Linux to get together to network, share ideas, and break through problems that face the platform. Finally, we are committed to providing our members with timely information about Linux, whether that is through weather forecasts or reports on issues like device drivers or competitive FUD.
The Foundation belongs to all of our members, so please let us know how you would like to join with us to make this year the most successful, both for the LF but most importantly for the Linux platform.