Embedded development and cloud computing demands prompt companies to invest in Linux for the year ahead
SAN FRANCISCO, December 11, 2012 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced that Amarula Solutions, Freescale, SIM Technology Group, Superb Internet and Symphony Teleca are joining the organization.
Linux has emerged as the dominant operating system in a variety of markets over the last decade. It has seen major advancements this year in its role for embedded development and cloud computing. An accelerated pace of development to support these areas is expected for 2013. The Linux Foundation’s newest members are joining the organization now to maximize their investments in Linux for these areas as they prepare for the New Year.
More information about today’s newest Linux Foundation members:
Amarula Solutions  is a consulting firm focused on embedded software development with roots in mobile telecom and networking solutions. The company prioritizes open development and open source software for building competitive solutions around Linux and Android. It has extensive experience in mainlining patches, drivers and machine-layer code in the Linux kernel in order to support its work in bringing custom devices online.
“Linux is the fabric of all embedded computing,” said Ronald Koppelman, CEO, Amarula Solutions. “The Linux Foundation membership will allow us to collaborate with the key players working on embedded Linux development and advance technology in this space.”
Freescale  is a global leader in embedded processing solutions. From microprocessors and microcontrollers to sensors, analog ICs and connectivity, the company’s technologies are the foundations for making the world greener, safer, healthier and more connected.
“The Linux Foundation hosts critically important embedded development work with the Yocto Project and collaboration with OpenEmbedded, among other initiatives. It’s a natural move for us to join the organization and increase our contributions, as well as to aggressively advance our own strategic initiatives,” said Raja Tabet, vice president of Software and Systems for Freescale’s Digital Networking organization.
SIM Technology Group  is a leading developer of handset, wireless communication module and related application solutions in China. The Group and its subsidiaries offer multi-platform wireless communication terminal solutions, ranging from 2.5G, 3G to 3.5G.
“Linux is the undisputed leader in operating systems for embedded devices,” said Jun Liu, CTO, SIM Technology Group. “It’s a natural move for us to join The Linux Foundation and more formally contribute to the operating system and community. Collaboration always pays off.”
Superb Internet Corporation , founded in 1996, is one of the world’s oldest and most acclaimed webhosting companies. Superb offers a full range of hosting services: server co-location services, dedicated servers, virtual web hosting, virtual private servers (VPS) and domain registration. True to its motto, “Ahead of the Rest”®, Superb provides industry-leading technology and the latest innovative ideas for hosting, data storage, e-commerce, media hosting, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), and many other web solutions. The company has many of the webhosting industry’s technological firsts under its belt.
“Cloud computing and web hosting is supported with Linux and open source software, and the latest innovations in these areas are being made possible by Linux,” said Haralds Jass, president & CEO of Superb Internet Corp. “By joining The Linux Foundation, we can contribute to the latest work in these areas, increasing the value we provide our customers and helping to advance the most important open collaborative development project in the world.”
Symphony Teleca Corporation  is a services company dedicated exclusively to helping clients manage the global convergence of software, the cloud and connected devices. The company delivers innovative products combined with contemporary product development, systems integration, analytics and managed services to hundreds of organizations around the world. Symphony Teleca's 5,900 employees support customers from 35 offices globally, including delivery centers in Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas.
"Our team understands how to innovate, develop and manage complex systems across industries such as telecommunications, automotive, mobile devices, consumer electronics, energy, healthcare and more with Linux being a key foundation for many solutions," said Robert Kempf, vice president marketing & technology, Mobile and Connected Devices Division. "By joining The Linux Foundation, we can better support the continued evolution of this popular platfrom and its related ecosystem for the benefit of our customers."
“The Linux operating system in 2012 has advanced in every technical area thanks to the collaboration and diligence of a global community,” said Amanda McPherson, vice president of marketing and developer services at The Linux Foundation. “With the addition of today’s newest Linux Foundation members, we’re confident that progress will continue in the most important areas for Linux.”
About The Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation  is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. Founded in 2000, 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 , Linux videos  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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