This week in Linux and open source news, John Shewchuk explains why training programs like that of The Linux Foundation are key to educating enterprise teams, many announcements from Open Source Leadership Summit in Lake Tahoe, and more! Keep reading to stay OSS-informed!

1) Journalist John Shewchuk explains that The Linux Foundation’s training courses are an excellent way for businesses to avoid blindly leaping into the open source movement.

Why Enterprises Should Embrace Open Source– The Next Web

2) Want to know how your business can get the most from open source? This free ebook can help.

Linux Foundation Releases Business Open Source Basics Ebook– ZDNet

3) “Renesas has joined the Civil Infrastructure Platform (CIP) project, which provides a base layer for industrial-grade open-source software for civil infrastructure.”

Renesas Joins Industrial Linux Organization–

4) Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director of the Hyperledger Project, shares 1-year milestone blog during Open Source Leadership Summit Hyperledger Blockchain Turns One – Director Brian Behlendorf Updates–

5) “The city will investigate how long it will take and how much it will cost to build a Windows 10 client ahead of a vote on whether to replace its Linux-based OS from 2021. Linux Champion Munich Takes Decisive Step Towards Returning to Windows– TechRepublic

This week in open source and Linux news, open source industry leaders and executives have been vocally against President Trump’s immigration ban, the newly-announced KDE laptop could cost you more than 1.3k, and more! Keep reading to stay on top of this busy news week. 


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Open source leaders such as Jim Zemlin and Abby Kearns voice objection to President Trump’s immigration ban in official organization statements.

1) Open source industry leaders- including Jim Zemlin, Jim Whitehurst, and Abby Kearns- are firing back at President Trump’s immigration ban with firm opposition.

Linux Leadership Stands Against Trump Immigration Ban– ZDNet

Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration: Open Source Leaders Respond– CIO

Linux, OpenStack, Citrix Add Their Voices in Opposition to Immigration Ban– SDxCentral

2) KDE announces new partnership with Slimbook to produce a laptop designed for running KDE Neon.

Would You Pay $800 For a Linux Laptop?-The Verge

3) The Linux Foundation has grown over the past 17 years to encompass much more than just Linux.

How The Linux Foundation Goes Beyond the Operating System to Create the Largest Shared Resource of Open-Source Technology–

4) American Express to contribute code and engineers to Hyperledger as newest backer.

AmEx Joins JPMorgan, IBM in Hyperledger Effort– Bloomberg

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.


This week in Linux and open source headlines, Canonical’s Mark Shuttleworth opens up about spawning new opportunities with the interoperability of various areas of OSS, Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols urges the Linux community to roll up their sleeves in 2017, and more! Read on to stay on the forefront of open source news:

1) “When sensors, data, machine learning and the cloud collide, new kinds of opportunity can emerge.”

Open Source Pioneer Mark Shuttleworth Says Smart “Edge’ Devices Spawn Business Models– The Wall Street Journal

2) Linux turned 25 last year– but that doesn’t mean OSS is done proving itself. 

Linux 2017: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility– ZDNet

3) “Endless is launching its first products designed specifically for the United States.”

Endless Introduces Linux Mini Desktop PCs for American Market– Liliputing

4) The Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Project has formed a new working group to reach out to Chinese members, which make up over a quarter or their base. 

Hyperledger Blockchain Project Announces ‘Technical Working Group China’ Following Strong Interest– Cryptocoins News

5) “AT&T is an open-source software company now  — I just have to pinch myself.” said Jim Zemlin at CES.

The Linux Foundation is Still Adjusting to AT&T’s Embrace of Open Source– GeekWire

This week in Linux and OSS news, The Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Project continues to grow rapidly as its membership hits 100, Arpit Joshipura comes aboard The Linux Foundation’s staff as an OSS networking specialist, and more! Read up on the latest industry news with this weekly digest

1) The blockchain project continues to grow at an unprecedented speed.

Linux Foundation’s Blockchain Collective Hyperledger Hits 100 Members– Blockchain News

2) Arpit Joshipura, veteran tech exec who has worked at Dell, Ericsson and Nortel joins The Linux Foundation.

Linux Foundation Adds an Open Source Networking Specialist to the Team– NetworkWorld

3) A new Google program aimed at continuously fuzzing open source software has already detected over 150 bugs.

Google Debuts Continuous Fuzzer for Open Source Software– ThreatPost

4) AMD is bringing FreeSync support to Linux

AMD strengthens gaming and VR on Linux with graphics improvements– PC World

5) Bryan Lunduke makes his annual open source predictions for the upcoming year.

7 Linux Predictions for 2017– NetworkWorld

You may have heard about the world-changing potential of blockchains — the technology behind cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. But what are they exactly? And why are companies clamoring to use and develop blockchain technologies?

“It’s not too outlandish to think that in five years time, every Fortune 500 company and perhaps even the top 1,000 will have deployed a blockchain somewhere,” said Hyperledger Executive Director Brian Behlendorf, in a recent article on

In a free webinar to be held Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. Pacific, guest speaker Dan O’Prey, CMO of Digital Asset Holdings, will provide an overview of blockchain technology and the Hyperledger Project at The Linux Foundation.

Hyperledger is an umbrella project for software developer communities building open source blockchain and related technologies. It is a neutral, foundational community for participating companies such as IBM, Intel, Cisco, JPMorgan, Wells Fargo, the London Stock Exchange, Red Hat, and Swift to work together to develop the technology and address issues of code provenance, patent rights, standards, and policy.

In this webinar, Dan will cover:

  • The foundations of distributed ledger technologies, smart contracts, and other components that comprise the modern blockchain technology stack.

  • Why a new blockchain project was needed for business and what the main use cases and requirements for the technology are for commercial applications, as well as extending the overview on the history and projects in the Hyperledger umbrella and how you can get involved.

Register now to attend the webinar, Hyperledger: Blockchain Technologies for Business! Can’t attend? Register anyways to make sure you get a link to the replay, delivered straight to your inbox.

This week in Linux and OSS news, The Linux Foundation’s annual Guide to the Open Cloud lists top open source cloud projects​ and trends, no Dirty Cow bug patch for Android this month, and more! Stay informed and engaged in open source news with this weekly digest!

1) The Linux Foundation releases its 2016 Guide to the Open Cloud report.

Linux Foundation Provides Insights Into the Open Cloud– SD Times

2) Though Linux users got a fix for “Dirty Cow” Android users might not be so lucky.

Fix for Critical Android Rooting Bug is a No-Show in November Patch Release– Ars Technica

3) Jeff Garzik, CEO and co-founder of Bloq, to join The Linux Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Linux Foundation Appoints Jeff Garzik to Board of Directors–

4) “More than 80 leading finance and technology organizations, including IBM, have joined The Linux Foundation Hyperledger, a project aimed at creating an enterprise-grade blockchain framework.”

How Blockchain Will Change Your Life– The Wall Street Journal

5) Munich, Germany is famous for rejecting Windows in favor of Microsoft but now faces proposals to make Windows 10 and Office available across the council.

City that Swapped Windows for Linux Debates Proposed Windows 10 Move– ZDNet

This week in open source and Linux news, The executive director of The Hyperledger Project explains how blockchain can help refugees identify themselves, Nasdaq group to provide OSS platform to investors, and more! Read on to get caught up on the most important recent news!

1) Brian Behlendorf of The Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Project speaks on the helpful importance of blockchain to refugee identification. 

Blockchain Technology Can Help Save the Lives of Millions of Refugees by Giving Them a Verified Identity– Quartz

2) A “business arm of Nasdaq, Inc” is providing a new open source platform to investor relations professionals.

Nasdaq Corporate Solutions Unveils Open Source Platform for Investor Relations– Finance Magnates

3) A new partnership between Red Hat & Ericsson to center around OpenStack, NFV infrastructure, software-defined networking, software-defined infrastructure and containers

Red Hat and Ericsson Sign Open Source Deal– NetworkWorld

4) Windows 10 Redstone 2 features major improvements for Linux users.

Microsoft Updates the Windows Subsystem for Linux with Ubuntu 16.04 Support– Softpedia

5) The JS Foundation is now a Linux Foundation collaborative project

The Linux Foundation Strives to Unite Open-Source JavaScript Community– ZDNet

This week in open source and Linux news, IBM’s CEO explains the importance of blockchain at SWIFT’s Sibos conference, and more! Get up to speed with this handy, weekly digest: 

1) IBM CEO says blockchain initiatives, like The Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Project, play a “key role” in the company’s revenue.

IBM’s Ginni Rometty Tells Bankers Not To Rest On Their Digital Laurels– Forbes

2) “The problem with open source standards aren’t that they’re boring; it’s that they’re largely the same as the proprietary standards that preceded them.” writes Matt Asay.

Open source is Not to Blame For a Lack of Industry Standards– TechRepublic

3) The Linux Foundation’s new OpenStack MOOC is offered for free via edX.

The Linux Foundation and edX Roll Out a Free OpenStack Course– OStatic

4) “The Linux Foundation’s OPNFV project claims its third platform release targets accelerating development of NFV apps and services.”

OPNFV Colorado Platform Bolsters Open Source NFV Efforts– RCRWireless

5) Linux Foundation sysadmin weighs in on why the system needs a “total rethink.”

Unsafe at Any Clock Speed: Linux Kernel Security Needs a Rethink

This week in open source and Linux news, a new OpenStack course from The Linux Foundation and edX is offered, GitHub’s CEO sets user goals, and more! Keep on top of the latest Linux and OSS headlines with this weekly digest!

1) The Linux Foundation and edX offering a free OpenStack course.

Learn How to Deploy OpenStack For Free– CIO

2) GitHub CEO Chris Wansrath spoke at the company’s Universe conference about business user goals.

GitHub’s New Features Aim for Business and Open-Source Users– ComputerWorld

3) The Hyperledger Project reaches out to the public blockchain community.

Hyperledger and the Linux Foundation Opens Doors to the Public Blockchain Space– CryptoCoins News

4) Shares of Linux and open-source software vendor Red Hat (RHT) are up $3.37, or over 4%, at $80.41

Red Hat Rising: Bulls Breath Sigh of Relief as Linux Rebounds– Barron’s

5) Linux issue on Lenovo laptops is, in fact, due to Lenovo’s RAID storage configuration, not a malicious move by Microsoft.

UPDATE: Microsoft Isn’t Really Blocking Laptops From Installing Linux, Lenovo Says– The Next Web