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The True Measure of a Successful Open Source Project

A question I get a lot is, “What makes an open source software project successful?” This isn’t a simple question, as every project is really different. But certainly there are some common characteristics: a vibrant and open community and ecosystem of contributors, an innovative goal or technology and investments from a diverse set of stakeholders are just a few.

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Opening Up in New Ways: How the OpenPOWER Foundation is Taking Open to New Places

It’s no secret that open development is the key to rapid and continuous technology innovation. Openly sharing knowledge, skills and technical building blocks is something that we in the Linux community have long been promoting and have recognized as a successful model for breeding technology breakthroughs. Much of The Linux Foundation’s and its peers' efforts to date have been centered on fostering openness at the software level, starting right at the source -- the operating system – and building up from there. Traditionally, the agenda has not included a great amount of attention on how to open up at the hardware level. Until now.  

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Linux Growth Demands Bigger Talent Pool

Today at LinuxCon and CloudOpen we're making an announcement that signifies the natural next step in helping to build a qualified talent pool of Linux professionals worldwide:The Linux Foundation Certification Program.

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Announcing Rapid Progress on Core Infrastructure Initiative

A month ago we announced the Core Infrastructure Initiative, a project to help fund critical open source projects that we all rely upon but that are in need of support. We moved quickly to organize the initiative and the industry reaction was swift and enthusiastic. I am proud to report on significant progress that I believe matches the quality of the reaction to the formation of the project.

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Never Let a Good Crisis Go to Waste: Core Infrastructure Initiative

Crisis is a difficult thing. In fact, by definition it means a difficult or dangerous situation that needs serious attention.  

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