This is an ongoing Linux.com series that profiles The Linux Foundation’s individual supporters and begins to collectively illustrate a very important part of the Linux community. Individuals help support the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and other important activities that advance Linux, while getting a variety of other fun and valuable benefits. It is this collective support from thousands of individual members that enables The Linux Foundation to provide important services for industry and community. 

Our third profile in the series introduces us to Damian Bere. Damian is a Senior Enterprise Architect based in the UK who has been using Linux for 10 years. Another fact about Damian: he’s smitten with his @linux.com email address.

He told us: “My main reason is to show my support for the efforts of truly passionate people for a truly beneficial product that, if we’re honest, runs a large majority of our lives – from websites to airports, mobiles to DVRs, banks to shops, and much more. And what I’d ideally like to get is a vote of support for the community that will encourage others to do the same. Well, there’s that; and I really wanted an @linux.com vanity email address. Am I allowed to admit that?”

Definitely, Damian.

Damian has worked on all kinds of IT systems in a variety of different roles from support to systems admin, systems analysis and development. He says these opportunities got him very familiar with Windows 95 and NT, Solaris, AS400, and AIX Unix. But he says it wasn’t until he found “a little Red Hat 6 box on the shelf in a computer store” that he started to work with Linux.

It was as if the floodgates had been opened. “For me, it was like having business-grade computing at home. I could hardly believe it!” he shared with us. “And after toiling with the weird and wonderful world of ksh and vi, and the many fundamental concepts of a *nix OS at work, hacking away at Linux to get my winmodem to work was actually quite fun (in between the occasional swear word of course)! Though, it’s probably not something I would have given to my parents, which is a stark contrast to today’s super easy-to-use release of Ubuntu (10.04) and Linux Mint 9 (my preferred distro) which is easy enough for anyone to use.”

Damian says that today at work Linux makes up a large portion of his company’s “global server estate.” At home, he has two servers running Linux (CentOS), a Linux-based firewall/router/VPN/gateway (Astaro), a Linux-based laptop (Linux Mint 9), a Linux workstation with a quad monitor setup (Ubuntu 10.04, 64 bit), and an Android phone. He also says that he runs Linux on a dedicated web host he uses for a small community site, and that a Linux-based media center is on his shopping list.

While he believes Linux is the leading OS, Damian says we have to admit its weaknesses. “Like all other operating systems, Linux has opportunities to improve. By admitting this and working together, we can make Linux better.” He cites pitfalls like fragmentation as an area for improvement.  He also hopes that the community will continue to be vocal and says speaking to non-Linux user “in their own language” can introduce them into the world of Linux. For people new to Linux, Damian suggests participating in forums, filing bug reports and adding experience to hardware compatibility lists all make a huge difference. “Be a part of creating your own free world,” says Damian.

As far as his favorite Linux innovations, Damian says it’s really about the openness that Linux embodies. “Through its {Linux’s} openness, many innovations have emerged. Android and MeeGo on mobile devices and notebooks; the anticipated tablet devices, from MeTab to the Dell Streak; and the many appliances and supercomputers that are based on a Linux kernel. For me, it’s not really about how great Linux is; it’s about how great Linux can help you to be through freedom and openness. This is where innovation lives, not behind locked doors.”

Other Linux Foundation supporter profiles include Matthew Fernandez and Kevyn-Alexandre Paré.

 

 

 

 

This is an ongoing Linux.com series that profiles The Linux Foundation’s individual supporters and begins to collectively illustrate a very important part of the Linux community. Individuals help support the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and other important activities that advance Linux, while getting a variety of other fun and valuable benefits. It is this collective support from thousands of individual members that enables The Linux Foundation to provide important services for industry and community. 

Our third profile in the series introduces us to Damian Bere. Damian is a Senior Enterprise Architect based in the UK who has been using Linux for 10 years. Another fact about Damian: he’s smitten with his @linux.com email address.

He told us: “My main reason is to show my support for the efforts of truly passionate people for a truly beneficial product that, if we’re honest, runs a large majority of our lives – from websites to airports, mobiles to DVRs, banks to shops, and much more. And what I’d ideally like to get is a vote of support for the community that will encourage others to do the same. Well, there’s that; and I really wanted an @linux.com vanity email address. Am I allowed to admit that?”

Definitely, Damian.

Damian has worked on all kinds of IT systems in a variety of different roles from support to systems admin, systems analysis and development. He says these opportunities got him very familiar with Windows 95 and NT, Solaris, AS400, and AIX Unix. But he says it wasn’t until he found “a little Red Hat 6 box on the shelf in a computer store” that he started to work with Linux.

It was as if the floodgates had been opened. “For me, it was like having business-grade computing at home. I could hardly believe it!” he shared with us. “And after toiling with the weird and wonderful world of ksh and vi, and the many fundamental concepts of a *nix OS at work, hacking away at Linux to get my winmodem to work was actually quite fun (in between the occasional swear word of course)! Though, it’s probably not something I would have given to my parents, which is a stark contrast to today’s super easy-to-use release of Ubuntu (10.04) and Linux Mint 9 (my preferred distro) which is easy enough for anyone to use.”

Damian says that today at work Linux makes up a large portion of his company’s “global server estate.” At home, he has two servers running Linux (CentOS), a Linux-based firewall/router/VPN/gateway (Astaro), a Linux-based laptop (Linux Mint 9), a Linux workstation with a quad monitor setup (Ubuntu 10.04, 64 bit), and an Android phone. He also says that he runs Linux on a dedicated web host he uses for a small community site, and that a Linux-based media center is on his shopping list.

While he believes Linux is the leading OS, Damian says we have to admit its weaknesses. “Like all other operating systems, Linux has opportunities to improve. By admitting this and working together, we can make Linux better.” He cites pitfalls like fragmentation as an area for improvement.  He also hopes that the community will continue to be vocal and says speaking to non-Linux user “in their own language” can introduce them into the world of Linux. For people new to Linux, Damian suggests participating in forums, filing bug reports and adding experience to hardware compatibility lists all make a huge difference. “Be a part of creating your own free world,” says Damian.

As far as his favorite Linux innovations, Damian says it’s really about the openness that Linux embodies. “Through its {Linux’s} openness, many innovations have emerged. Android and MeeGo on mobile devices and notebooks; the anticipated tablet devices, from MeTab to the Dell Streak; and the many appliances and supercomputers that are based on a Linux kernel. For me, it’s not really about how great Linux is; it’s about how great Linux can help you to be through freedom and openness. This is where innovation lives, not behind locked doors.”

Other Linux Foundation supporter profiles include Matthew Fernandez and Kevyn-Alexandre Paré.

 

 

 

The iPhone 4 came out this week. Apple continues to raise the bar for the mobile software industry in terms of good design. Companies that have embraced Linux should take heed. I ask the question as to whether or not Linux can beat Apple today in Businessweek.


 

Developers and programmers are always the earliest adopters of technology, paving the way for the rest of us. And nowhere is that more evident than with Linux. Over the last 10 years, developers have brought Linux in through the back door and sold its benefits up the corporate flagpole. And successfully so. Even with Microsoft’s stronghold, Linux today might be the fastest growing OS in the enterprise. 

The 2010 Open Source Developer Report, compiled by The Eclipse Foundation, seems to confirm this trend among developers, programmers, and system architects. For the second year in a row, Linux is gaining market share on the developer desktop at the expense of Windows. Linux gained 13 percentage points this year while Windows lost 16 points, according to the report. Linux also continues to be the most popular deployment OS with 44 percent of the respondents stating that they prefer Linux for deploying applications into production environments.

These numbers support similar conclusions drawn by Forrester’s Jeffrey Hammond when he reported recently, based on his Developer Technographic data, that a new generation of developers is choosing Linux to develop web and enterprise apps (you can hear more from Hammond at LinuxCon in August). Matt Asay refers to it as the “youthquake.”

The confidence and comfort associated with developing on Linux, reflected in the growing number of developers who say they prefer the OS to alternatives, are also leading indicators of Linux’s adoption in the enterprise. Linux use has been growing among enterprise users for a decade, but we’re at a proverbial tipping point. The collision of technology maturity, a new generation of developers and IT professionals, and a new economic reality are putting Linux in a position to experience faster growth than other OSes in the enterprise.

Consider the study we commissioned from IDC titled “The Opportunity for Linux in a New Economy.” From 2006 to 2013, Linux and Linux-related software is growing at about 3X the rate of Windows and the overall market. We will see these numbers and more like them begin to reveal a clear picture as to the future of enterprise computing and the increasing rise of Linux, one that even Microsoft won’t be able to smudge.

 

There is a really useful, free training webinar available now from one of our regular Linux.com writers (and former openSUSE Community Manager), the talented Joe “Zonker” Brockmeier. It is titled “Getting to Know Vim” and you can register for it on The Linux Foundation’s Training website.

It’s worth sharing this free training opportunity, in particular, with our Linux.com members (and the broader community) because it’s on the same topic as one of the most popular articles of all time on Linux.com: Vim Tips: The Basics of Search and Replace (also by Zonker).

The webinar is also part of a much larger effort to help meet the increasing demand by employers for Linux talent. This Free Training Webinar Series provides training directly from the developers who are using and building Linux every day. The first in the Series was “How to Contribute to the Linux Community,” by Jon Corbet. Other instructors include James Bottomley, Christoph Hellwig, Chris Mason and Ted Ts’o.

The Training Webinar on “Getting to Know Vim” primarily covers the following:

1) Understanding the nature of Vim as a “modal” editor and why Vim is important
2) Editing basics like search and replace, movement, etc
3) Points users to additional resources to learn more

Once you’re done with the webinar, Zonker says you will be able to use Vim to edit system configuration files and so on. He adds “it’s important for administering remote systems and systems without a GUI. Vim is pretty much the only editor you can count on finding on almost any Linux install.”

Zonker also says this webinar will “help people who are new to Linux get a handle on using Vim or Vi-like editors. New admins, or admins coming from Windows, can use this sort of thing to get a running start.”

We hope you will take advantage of this free resource. As The Linux Foundation’s Amanda McPherson said when we launched the Free Training Webinar Program in January: “While developers are always accessible via the kernel mailing list, this format gives a different kind of access and learning opportunity. Let’s face it: not all users and developers can attend in-person events or pay for a training course.”

Zonker adds that “The Linux Foundation’s training courses are vendor neutral, which is a huge advantage for admins who are working with multiple distributions.”

 

Since launching the Linux.com Store in March, we’ve welcomed a lot of new visitors and members to the Linux.com community and have gotten some great feedback about the merchandise. One of my favorites:

Now that everyone has had a chance to check out the goodies in the Store, the Linux.com community is *dying* to see how these threads are looking out “in the wild.”

We’re inviting you to share pictures of you and/or your friends and family wearing Linux.com Store shirts, hats, stickers (that is, stickers worn by your computer, whatever the name you give it, family, friend, whatever) and we’ll consider publishing the best photos we receive.

You can share them two ways. Our talented Web Architect Dan Lopez recently blogged about new Linux.com features, which include the addition of photo sharing from your Linux.com account. You can upload them there and/or send them directly to me at
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Maybe you could win something. We love to give away prizes around here.

Also, please get your last-minute votes in for your favorite Linux.com T-shirt design by midnight this Sunday. Currently, “The People’s Product” has a strong lead with “The Colors of Linux” and “There’s No Place Like Home” in second and third position respectively.

If you want to see a different result, vote now! The winning design will be available on Linux.com Store merchandise and the designer will join us in Boston at LinuxCon this August.

 

While it may not equal the hysteria of the iPad or the latest Android release, the news last week ranking the top 500 Super Computers in the world is significant, especially if you’re a Linux user. Why? Because Linux continues to dominant super computing. This year it’s added to its domination and occupies 470 of the top 500 spots. (The rest: 25 with Unix, mainly AIX, and Windows with only 5.) A detailed look at the OS breakdown can be found here. Jay Lyman also does a great breakdown of community vs paid Linux here.

We all rely on super computers ever day, even if we’re not aware of it. Super computers model our atmosphere so weathermen can make predictions accurately. (OK, maybe not the best example.) They are used in our nation’s defense. They are used for space travel and to model a virus’ spread through a population and to sequence the human genome.

So why do Linux users care? Because the work accomplished by the Super Computer manufacturers  (IBM, HP, Fujitsu, Cray and so on) is poured back into the kernel and ends up helping all users. Just remember that today’s desktop PC was considered a super computer not that long ago. Advances in multi-core technology driven by super computing requirements of a few years ago are now used by financial services companies in trading applications to power their business.

One reason this is on my mind is we’re working on content for this year Linux End User Summit, happening in New York on October 10 – 12. There we gather the largest Linux end users in the world, including super computer customers and many financial services firms to collaborate with the developers and maintainers of Linux. Topics will include the real time kernel, low latency systems and how to monitor a kernel at  sub 10 mili-second granularity. If you’re an end user pushing the capabilities of Linux, please request an invitation to join us here. We also have been closely working with the high performance computing industry at our CollaborationSummits, with  last year’s HPC track especially well done.

And the super computer business is growing. Last week Fujitsu announced they are aiming for $1billion in super computer sales and are building what they expect to  be the world’s fastest super computer. According to this BusinessWeek article, their computer “will string together 80,000 processers and be able to perform 10 quadrillion calculations in a second, more than four times as many as the current record holder.” Obviously, super computing and other high performance users push Linux in ways that mobile, desktop and enterprise users do not. While we all benefit from the scientific advances of super computing, we are working hard so Linux users and the Linux ecosystem will continue to benefit.

Being known as a Finn living in the US, sometimes people send me pointers to things Finnish.
Now, this weekend is obviously the Eurovision song contest (you all knew that, right?). And I expect Finland to do as well as it usually does (“Finland, nul point” – it’s a national tradition!), and you can spend up to several minutes on youtube transfixed by the glory, or just start from the official home page.

 

When MeeGo was announced in February of this year, a big part of the news was that the platform would support a broad range of computing devices, taking mobile computing far beyond the smartphone to support tablets, notebooks, media phones, connected TVs, in-vehicle infotainment devices, and much more.

Today’s MeeGo v1.0 release represents an important step in reaching that vision: MeeGo v1.0 is available now and with it, we get the MeeGo API and the stable core foundation for application development for the user experience on Netbooks. This is good news for developers and for OEMs and service providers who want to begin customizing MeeGo for their Netbook offerings. Especially good timing considering Computex kicks off next week.

According to Imad Sousou’s blog over at MeeGo.com, MeeGo v1.0’s Netbook user experience includes a variety of features that deliver Internet, computing and communications experiences with rich graphics, multi-tasking and multimedia capabilities, as well as Google Chrome browser integration. Instant access to synchronized calendar, tasks, appointments and real-time social networking updates; easy apps for email, calendar and media player; and support for 19 languages are a few examples.

The development of the handset user experience will follow shortly with availability in June. Support for touch-based devices, such as tablets, and in-vehicle infotainment systems, is expected in MeeGo v1.1 in October.

Join me next week in keeping an eye on news coming out of Computex. What happens there is sure to influence the MeeGo community’s work.

It’s been a hectic few months narrowing down the content for this year’s LinuxCon. Craig Ross and I have been working on this schedule for what seems like years, but we are very proud to announce it today. You can find it here.

I think the program has an amazing mix of business, operations and of course developer content that reflects the growing ecosystem that is Linux. I’m especially proud of the technical content that features many of the best minds behind the kernel and other upstream Linux projects. But LinuxCon is much more than just technical kernel topics: it also has content touching mobile computing, cloud and legal and business issues facing enterprise IT managers today. Linux is now becoming dominant in mobile and cloud computing so it’s no surprise LinuxCon’s content matches those themes.
So what sessions will people be talking about after LinuxCon?
Mobile. No surprise here as Linux has taken off challenging all mobile incumbents with Android, Meego, PalmOS and more. I’m looking forward to Matthew Garrett’s take on the Android/Linux kernel issues and as he says,  ”to take a look back at what caused the problems and how they could have been avoided – by both sides.”   We also have a keynote presentation on Meego and its open approach to building a mobile project.

Wildcard. We added a healthy dose of wildcard talks this year to spice things up. From flying rockets with open source to how the new generation is responding to Linux development today.

Legal. We have the man himself, Eben Moglen, delivering a keynote you won’t want to miss. We also have multiple sessions on everyone’s favorite topics: patents and what to do about them.

Cloud Computing. Do you want one cloud API to rule them all? They get ye to the presentation on Delta Cloud from David Lutterkort.  We also have a mini-summit devoted to the Open Cloud on Sunday before LinuxCon which will be a deep dive into all things fluffy and white.

File Systems. Does your system have over one billion files? If so (or even if you have considerably less than that), you’ll want to hear from file system expert Ric Wheeler. Heard about Btrfs? If not, you will and you should hear it directly from the source and Oracle’s Chris Mason.

Desktop. This may not be the year of the Linux desktop but we still have good desktop content! Matt Asay has a terrific panel on Where the Linux Desktop Is Succeeding (hint: instant on is one of them), and we also have Jeff Osier-Mixon refereeing the distribution smack down as he looks at common tasks across your favorite desktop distribution. Should be interesting!

I hope you join us for a great party in Boston in August. You can register here before the prices go up as it gets closer.