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This week in open source news, Automotive Grade Linux is evidence of the auto industry merging with tech entirely, Hitachi steps up its open source game, and more! Read on to catch up on this busy week in OSS tech news. 

1) “Whether the car companies like it or not their industry is becoming a tech industry” writes Rob Enderle in a summary of a recent meeting with Dan Cauchy of Automotive Grade Linux.

Why Car Companies Need to Become Tech Companies– CIO

2) Hitachi increases its Linux Foundation participation. The company is also a member of many of the foundation’s projects including Automotive Grade Linux, Civil Infrastructure Platform, Cloud Foundry Foundation, Core Infrastructure Initiative, Hyperledger, and OpenDaylight.

Hitachi Steps Up Open Source Game With Linux Foundation– Data Economy

3) “Microsoft Azure customers looking for another Linux operating system (OS) option for their cloud workloads have another alternative to weigh this week.”

Intel’s Cloud-Friendly Clear Linux Hits Microsoft Azure– eWeek

4) Arpit Joshipura, new new general manager for networking and orchestration at The Linux Foundation, discusses where OSS networking needs to be taken.

Q&A with Arpit Joshipura, Head of Networking for The Linux Foundation– SDxCentral

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.