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We are thrilled to announce that Hitachi has become the latest Linux Foundation Platinum member, joining existing Platinum members Cisco, Fujitsu, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, NEC, Oracle, Qualcomm and Samsung. Hitachi has been a supporter of The Linux Foundation and Linux since 2000, and was previously a Linux Foundation Gold member. The company decided to upgrade its membership to Platinum in order to further support The Linux Foundation’s work, and open source development in general.

Hitachi is already a member of numerous Linux Foundation projects, such as Automotive Grade Linux, Civil Infrastructure Platform, Cloud Foundry Foundation, Core Infrastructure Initiative, Hyperledger and OpenDaylight. Platinum membership will enable Hitachi to help contribute further to these and other important open source projects.

Linux Foundation Platinum members have demonstrated a sincere dedication to open source by joining at the highest level. As a Platinum member, Hitachi will pay a $500,000 annual membership fee to support The Linux Foundation’s open source projects and initiatives. The company will also now occupy one of 14 seats on the Linux Foundation Board of Directors that are reserved for Platinum members.

 

Today The Linux Foundation is announcing that we’ve welcomed Microsoft as a Platinum member. I’m honored to join Scott Guthrie, executive VP of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise Group, at the Connect(); developer event in New York and expect to be able to talk more in the coming months about how we’ll intensify our work together for the benefit of the open source community at large.

 

Microsoft is already a substantial participant in many open source projects and has been involved in open source communities through partnerships and technology contributions for several years. Around 2011 and 2012, the company contributed a large body of device driver code to enable Linux to run as an enlightened guest on Hyper-V. Microsoft has an engineering team dedicated to Linux kernel work, and since that initial contribution, the team has contributed improvements and new features to the driver code for Hyper-V on a consistent basis.

 

Over the past two years in particular, we’ve seen that engineering team grow and expand the range of Linux kernel areas it’s working on to include kernel improvements that aren’t specifically related to Microsoft products. The company is also an active member of many Linux Foundation projects, including Node.js Foundation, R Consortium, OpenDaylight, Open API Initiative and Open Container Initiative. In addition, a year ago we worked with Microsoft to release a Linux certification, Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate Linux on Azure.

 

The open source community has gained tools and other resources as Microsoft has open sourced the .NET Core, contributed OpenJDK, announced Docker support in Windows Server, announced SQL on Linux, added the ability to run native Bash on Ubuntu on Windows, worked with FreeBSD to release an image for Azure, and open sourced Xamarin’s software development kit and PowerShell. The company supports Red Hat, SUSE, Debian and Ubuntu on Azure. Notably, Microsoft is a top open source contributor on GitHub.

 

The Linux Foundation isn’t the only open source foundation Microsoft has committed to in 2016: in March, the company joined the Eclipse Foundation. A Microsoft employee has served as the Apache Software Foundation’s president for three years.

 

Linux Foundation membership underscores what Microsoft has demonstrated time and again, which is that the company is evolving and maturing with the technology industry. Open source has become a dominant force in software development–the de facto way to develop infrastructure software–as individuals and companies have realized that they can solve their own technology challenges and help others at the same time.

 

Membership is an important step for Microsoft, but it’s perhaps bigger news for the open source community, which will benefit from the company’s sustained contributions. I look forward to updating you over time on progress resulting from this relationship.

 

The Linux Foundation is seeking developers and systems architects interested in sharing their knowledge, expertise and ideas at the 2017 Embedded Linux Conference and Open Internet of Things (IoT) Summit North America.

The co-located conferences, to be held Feb. 21-23 in Portland, Oregon, bring together embedded and application developers, product vendors, kernel and systems developers as well systems architects and firmware developers to learn, share and advance the technical work required for embedded Linux and IoT.

Now in its 12th year, Embedded Linux Conference is the premier vendor-neutral technical conference for companies and developers using Linux in embedded products. While OpenIoT Summit is the first and only IoT event focused on the development of IoT solutions.

The deadline to submit proposals is Dec.10, 2016.  Submit a proposal today!

Submit an ELC Proposal  

Submit an OpenIoT Summit Proposal

You can see potential speaker topics for ELC, below, and watch speakers in 155+ recorded sessions from ELC 2016

  • Audio, Video, Streaming Media and Graphics

  • Security

  • System Size, Boot Speed

  • Real-Time Linux – Performance, Tuning and Mainlining

  • SDKs for Embedded Products

  • Flash Memory Devices and Filesystems

  • Build Systems, Embedded Distributions and Development Tools

  • Linux in Devices such as Mobile Phones, DVRs, TV, Cameras, etc.

  • Practical Experiences and War Stories

  • And more.

View the full list of suggested Embedded Linux Conference topics here >>

Potential speaker topics for OpenIot Summit include:

  • Frameworks and OSes

  • Low-Power Communication

  • Connected Car

  • Drones

  • Smart Home

  • Device and Firmware Management

  • Provisioning (Device, Service, User)

  • Cloud Integration / Connectivity

  • App Development and UX

  • Security

  • Scaling

  • And More

View the full list of suggested OpenIoT Summit topics here >>

The Linux Foundation today released its third annual “Guide to the Open Cloud” report on current trends and open source projects in cloud computing.

The report aggregates and analyzes industry research to provide insights on how trends in containers, microservices, and more shape cloud computing today. It also defines the open source cloud and cloud native computing and discusses why the open cloud is important to just about every industry.

“From banking and finance to automotive and healthcare, companies are facing the reality that they’re now in the technology business. In this new reality, cloud strategies can make or break an organization’s market success. And successful cloud strategies are built on Linux and open source software,” according to the report.

A list of 75 projects at the end of the report serves as a directory for IT managers and practitioners looking to build, manage, and monitor their cloud resources. These are the projects to know about, try out, and contribute to in order to ensure your business stays competitive in the cloud.

The projects are organized into key categories of cloud infrastructure including IaaS, PaaS, virtualization, containers, cloud operating systems, DevOps, configuration management, logging and monitoring, software-defined networking (SDN), software-defined storage, and networking for containers.

New this year is the addition of a section on container management and automation tools, which is a hot area for development as companies race to fill the growing need to manage highly distributed, cloud-native applications. Traditional DevOps CI/CD tools have also been collected in a separate category, though functionality can overlap.

These additions reflect a movement toward the use of public cloud services and microservices architectures which is changing the nature of open source cloud computing.

“A whole new class of open source cloud computing projects has now begun to leverage the elasticity of the public cloud and enable applications designed and built to run on it,” according to the report.

To learn more about current trends in cloud computing and to see a full list of the most useful, influential, and promising open source cloud projects, download the report now.

Let’s Encrypt was awarded a grant from The Ford Foundation as part of its efforts to financially support its growing operations. This is the first grant that has been awarded to the young nonprofit, a Linux Foundation project which provides free, automated and open SSL certificates to more than 13 million fully-qualified domain names (FQDNs). 

The grant will help Let’s Encrypt make several improvements, including increased capacity to issue and manage certificates. It also covers costs of work recently done to add support for Internationalized Domain Name certificates. 

“The people and organizations that Ford Foundation serves often find themselves on the short end of the stick when fighting for change using systems we take for granted, like the Internet,” Michael Brennan, Internet Freedom Program Officer at Ford Foundation, said. “Initiatives like Let’s Encrypt help ensure that all people have the opportunity to leverage the Internet as a force for change.”

We talked with Brennan and Josh Aas, Executive Director of Let’s Encrypt about what this grant means for the organization.

Linux.com: What is it about Let’s Encrypt that is attractive to The Ford Foundation? 

Michael Brennan: The Ford Foundation believes that all people, especially those who are most marginalized and excluded, should have equal access to an open Internet, and enjoy legal, technical, and regulatory protections that promote transparency, equality, privacy, free expression, and access to knowledge. A system for acquiring digital certificates to enable HTTPS for websites is a fundamental piece of infrastructure towards this goal. As a free, automated and open certificate authority, Let’s Encrypt is a model for how the Web can be more accessible and open to all.

Linux.com: What is the problem that Let’s Encrypt is trying to solve? 

Josh Aas: As the Web becomes more central to our everyday lives, more of our personal identities are revealed through unencrypted communications. The job of Let’s Encrypt is to help those who have not encrypted their communications, especially those who face a financial or technical barrier to doing so. Let’s Encrypt offers free domain validation (DV) certificates to people in every country in a highly automated way. Over 90% of the certificates we issue go to domains that were previously unencrypted or not otherwise not using publicly trusted certificates. 

Linux.com: How does Let’s Encrypt further the goals of The Ford Foundation? 

Michael Brennan: We think a lot about the digital infrastructure needs of the open Web. This is a massive area of exploration with numerous challenges, so how and where can the Ford Foundation make a meaningful impact? One of the ways we believe we can help is by supporting initiatives that broadly scale access to security and help introduce those efforts to civil society organizations fighting for social justice. Let’s Encrypt fits perfectly into this goal by both serving critical Web security needs of civil society organizations and doing so in a way that is massively scalable.

Linux.com: From your perspective at The Ford Foundation, what population of people is Let’s Encrypt serving? 

Michael Brennan: The Internet Freedom team recently took on a trip to visit the Ford Foundation office in Johannesburg, South Africa. While we were there we met with a number of organizations leveraging the Internet to promote social justice. One of the organizations we met was building a tool to serve the needs of local communities. They were thrilled to hear we were supporting Let’s Encrypt because prior to its existence they could only afford to secure their production server, not their development or testing servers.

Let’s Encrypt is changing security on the Web on a massive scale so it can be easy to overlook small victories like this. The people and organizations that Ford Foundation serves often find themselves on the short end of the stick when fighting for change using systems we take for granted, like the Internet. Initiatives like Let’s Encrypt help ensure that all people have the opportunity to leverage the Internet as a force for change.

Linux.com: What can Let’s Encrypt users expect as a result of this grant? 

Josh Aas: We will make several improvements through this grant, including our recently added support for Internationalized Domain Name certificates. We will also use these funds to increase capacity to keep up with the growing number of certificates we issue and manage. 

Linux.com: What other fundraising initiatives are you pursuing? 

Josh Aas: We run a pretty financially lean operation — next year, we expect to be managing certificates covering well over 20 million domains an operating cost of $2.9M. We have funding agreements in place with a number of sponsors, including Cisco, Akamai, OVH, Mozilla, Google Chrome, and Facebook. Some of those agreements are multi-year. These agreements provide a strong financial foundation but we will continue to seek new corporate sponsors and grant partners in order to meet our goals. We will also be running a crowdfunding campaign in November so individuals can contribute. 

Linux.com: How can people financially support Let’s Encrypt today? 

Josh Aas: We accept donations through PayPal. Any companies interested in sponsoring us can email us at sponsor@letsencrypt.org. Financial support is critical to our ability to operate, so we appreciate contributions of any size.

Linux.com: How can developers and website admins get started with Let’s Encrypt?

Josh Aas: It’s designed to be pretty easy. In order to get a certificate, users need to demonstrate control over their domain. With Let’s Encrypt, you do this using software that uses the ACME protocol, which typically runs on your web host.

We have a Getting Started page with easy-to-follow instructions that should work for most people.

We have an active community forum that is very responsive in answering questions that come up during the install process.