Support from Industry Heavyweights and New Asian Members Signal Strong Growth for Linux

 

San Francisco, Aug. 13, 2015-The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux and collaborative development, today announced that Alibaba, DCHQ Inc., MediaTek Inc., PayPal, and Wuhan Deepin Technology Co. Ltd are joining the organization.

Linux has become the de facto means of collaborative development in recent years, with no signs of slowing down. Today's new members show how global and ubiquitous Linux is, from container-based solutions and virtual banking to the lightweight computing solutions of tomorrow. Organizations pick Linux for rapid innovation and optimal performance and stick with it for its dynamic, inventive community, which will meet in Seattle at LinuxCon/CloudOpen North America and ContainerCon Aug. 17-19, 2015.

More information about the newest Linux Foundation members:

Aliyun, the cloud computing business of Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA), was established in September 2009. It develops highly scalable platforms for cloud computing and data management and provides a comprehensive suite of cloud computing services to support the participants of Alibaba Group’s online and mobile commerce ecosystem, including sellers, and other third-party customers and businesses. Aliyun is also a new Xen Project Advisory Board member.

“Aliyun has been working with Linux for a long time, and Xen virtualization is increasingly important for enhancing our cloud technology offerings in China and abroad,” said Wensong ZHANG, Chief Technology Officer at Aliyun. “Aliyun is looking forward to deeper interaction and collaboration with the Linux and Xen Project communities.”

DCHQ is a governance, deployment automation, and lifecycle management platform for container-based applications. The company’s technology allows developers to model, deploy, backup, update and monitor container-based applications in seconds. It facilitates application deployments on Linux hosts running on-premise or in the public cloud using an agent-based architecture with support for advancement placement, containers/hosts/clusters monitoring and out-of-box alerts/notifications. Its platform automates the provisioning and auto-scaling of virtual machines using out-of-box integrations with 10 cloud providers -- including OpenStack, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, Rackspace, DigitalOcean, HP Public Cloud, IBM SoftLayer, and others.

In addition to silver sponsorship for LinuxCon/CloudOpen North America, DCHQ is also a silver-level sponsor of ContainerCon 2015, Aug. 17-19, which unites leading contributors in the Linux containers ecosystem and the Linux kernel.

“Regardless of size, development teams today are pressed to quickly develop and launch new mobile, cloud, big data and social solutions. Leveraging Linux and technologies like DCHQ allow developers to dramatically accelerate container-based application development and delivery,” said Amjad Afanah, Founder of DCHQ. ”Joining The Linux Foundation and sponsoring next week’s events position DCHQ at the center of the Linux container movement that is disrupting traditional application development and cloud computing.”

Headquartered in Taiwan with offices worldwide, MediaTek is a pioneering fabless semiconductor company, and a market leader in cutting-edge Systems on Chip for wireless communications and connectivity, HDTV, DVD and Blu-ray. MediaTek created the world’s first True 8core™ smartphone platform with LTE and CorePilot® technology, releasing the full power of multi-core mobile processors. Through MediaTek Labs, the company is creating a worldwide ecosystem in support of device creation, application development and services based around MediaTek offerings. With an emphasis on enabling technology for the masses and not the chosen, everyone can be an Everyday Genius®.

“Creativity and collaboration is the driving force behind everything we do at MediaTek,” said Ryan Chen, General Manager of Computing System Engineering, at MediaTek. “We believe joining the like-minded Linux Foundation will allow us to work more closely with the Linux community on new products to enhance and enrich everyone’s lives.”

PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL) puts people at the center of everything they do. Founded in 1998, they have always been at the forefront of the digital payments revolution. In the last year alone, PayPal processed 4 billion payments, of which 1 billion were made on mobile devices. PayPal gives people better ways to connect to their money and to each other, helping them safely access and move their money and offering a choice of how they would like to pay or be paid. With 169 million active customer accounts, they have created an open and secure payment environment that people and businesses choose to securely transact with each other online, in stores and on mobile devices. PayPal is a truly global payment platform that is available to people in 203 markets, allowing customers to get paid in more than 100 currencies, withdraw funds to their bank accounts in 57 currencies and hold balances in their PayPal accounts in 26 currencies.

“PayPal is at the forefront of implementing open source technologies across the entire product development life cycle. Linux has been a core part of PayPal’s engineering fabric from the very beginning,” said Jigar Desai, Vice President of the Cloud Infrastructure and Development Platform Organization at PayPal. “As a member of the Linux Foundation, PayPal will continue its track record of giving back and helping drive faster innovation in the developer community.”

Wuhan Deepin Technology Co., Ltd. is a Chinese science and technology enterprise dedicated to the research and development of the Linux Operating System and software development based on Linux technology. It was founded in 2011 and the headquarters is in Wuhan, China. Currently, Wuhan Deepin has branches in Beijing, Shanghai and Harbin. Deepin, based on the Linux kernel, is the major product of Wuhan Deepin Technology Co., Ltd., which has become the first Chinese operating system brand with real overseas influence: There are nearly a million users from more than 50 countries with the global cumulative downloads of tens of millions of times.

“Deepin is committed to open source projects and is made up of a community of developers, designers, members and leaders to strengthen deepin for users all over the world,” said Liu Wenhuan, Founder of Wuhan Deepin Technology. “Linux Foundation membership allows us to further demonstrate our appreciation and respect for Linux and open source projects.”

“There are more first-time contributors and paid developers than ever, contributing to how fast Linux is built,” said Amanda McPherson, Chief Marketing Officer at The Linux Foundation. “It’s also the world’s largest collaborative development project ever. Our new members reflect just how importance, significance and wide reaching Linux is today. From central China and Taiwan, no corner of the world is untouched by Linux. Virtual payment systems, cloud computing and electronics are born and reinvented everyday with Linux.”

About The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux and collaborative software development. Founded in 2000, the organization sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and promotes, protects and advances the Linux operating system and collaborative software development by marshaling the resources of its members and the open source community. The Linux Foundation provides a neutral forum for collaboration and education by hosting Collaborative Projects, Linux conferences, including LinuxCon and generating original research and content that advances the understanding of Linux and collaborative software development. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org.

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