Russian-based systems integrator to work on open compliance program, among other Linux and open source initiatives
SAN FRANCISCO, March 14, 2011 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced that PingWin Software is its newest member.
PingWin Software is a leading systems integrator in Russia and is focused on Linux and open source software integration. PingWin Software is the first Russian company to join The Linux Foundation.
The company is joining The Linux Foundation to more closely collaborate with the worldwide Linux community on technical issues and business strategies. It is beginning this work with participation in the Open Compliance Program (http://www.linuxfoundation.org/programs/legal/compliance ), which includes a set of open source tools, training curricula and a new self-administered assessment checklist that allows companies to ensure compliance.
“Our Linux Foundation membership will give us an insider’s view of the latest Linux and open source trends, as well as give us the opportunity to collaborate with leaders from throughout the Linux ecosystem,” said Dmitry Komissarov, CEO of PingWin Software. “Our work on the Open Compliance Program and other activities will provide us with important knowledge to inform our business and our customers.”
“PingWin Software is an important addition to The Linux Foundation. Its international perspective is an important one as we continue to mature our Open Compliance Program,” said Amanda McPherson, vice president of marketing and developer programs, The Linux Foundation.
PingWin Software’s home country is one of many around the world that are transitioning to Linux and open source software for government IT. In December, Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced that the government would migrate from its proprietary operating system to a Linux-based operating system by 2015.
About PingWin Software
PingWin Software Ltd. was founded in 2009. This is the full cycle IT company that provide services based on the FOSS (free/libre/open source software): consulting, development, migration, upgrade and support. The mission of the company is to increase the effectiveness level of Russian commercial and government organizations by implementing in their informational systems the best FOSS solutions. PingWin Software is an active member of the Russian Association of Free Software (RASPO). More information about PingWin Software at: www.pingwinsoft.ru 
About The Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation  is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. Founded in 2007, the organization sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and promotes, protects and advances the Linux operating system by marshaling the resources of its members and the open source development community. The Linux Foundation provides a neutral forum for collaboration and education by hosting Linux conferences , including LinuxCon , and generating original Linux research  and content that advances the understanding of the Linux platform. Its web properties, including Linux.com , reach approximately two million people per month. The organization also provides extensive Linux training  opportunities that feature the Linux kernel community’s leading experts as instructors. Follow The Linux Foundation on Twitter .
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