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How Fast Is Linux Growing in the Enterprise? Our New Report

We’re pleased today to announce the results of a new publication from the Linux Foundation: a survey of enterprise users titled “Linux Adoption Trends: A Survey of Enterprise End Users.” We’re publishing it today at The Linux Foundation’s End User Summit. Why did we create this report? It’s part of our mission to enable collaboration from users to community developers and vendors. It is difficult to find detailed data on Linux adoption trends and/or user behaviors, especially among the world’s largest companies. Analyst firms do a good job of giving us a baseline understanding, but because Linux is difficult to measure given it’s unique and free nature, there isn’t a clear understanding of how Linux is being adopted. Thanks to our work with its End User Council and other channels, we were able to solicit meaningful information that can inform Linux vendors, developers and the overall industry on what we can do to continue to advance Linux. While admittedly there is sample bias at work here, the report provides a variety of data points that tell us Linux...

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New Open Compliance Resources Now Available

When we launched the Open Compliance Program in August at LinuxCon, we committed to providing additional free educational material. At launch, we had three info-packed papers you could view here or at our publications page. I’m pleased to report the fourth paper in the series is now available. “A Glimpse Into Recommended Practices in a FOSS Compliance Management Process” by Ibrahim Haddad can be found here. This paper is in 2 parts: part 1 covers recommended practices that map to the various steps within a FOSS compliance management end-to-end process. Part II will follow (in the November time frame) with emphasis on FOSS compliance considerations...

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New York Times: Meet the Defenders of Free Software

New York Times reporter Ashlee Vance reported today on the Linux Foundation’s Open Compliance program and how we work closely with the individual defenders of free and open source software. Ashlee paints a compelling picture of the differences between license compliance in proprietary vs open source software. The former? The Business Software Alliance and multi-million dollar software audits and lawsuits. The latter? Indivuals like Armijn Hemel and other leaders such as the Free Software Foundation, the Software Freedom Law Center, Harold Welte and many others who work with companies to ensure...

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New Free Training Webinar: An Intro to Git

We’ve added another installment to our free training series on The Linux Foundation’s Training site: An Introduction to Git, the version control system built by Linus Torvalds. Kernel maintainer and Linux Foundation board member James Bottomley does a great job describing the history of Git and how the kernel community now uses it for all kernel development. He also includes a demo. While Git is used by the kernel development community to...

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IBM: Innovation is the key driver for CIOs, not Cost

Last week at LinuxCon, we presented a lot of great content for business leaders in the world of Linux and open source. (Al Gillen of IDC, Jeffrey Hammond of Forester, among others.). One of my favorite sessions was from Jean Staten Healy, Director of IBM Worldwide Linux Strategy who looked at Linux in the minds of CIOs and how it’s changed. Remember ten years ago, Linux made a $1 billion bet on Linux, and in so doing, helped create the momentum for Linux in the enterprise data center that we all enjoy today.  Back then, IBM concentrated on three areas: - Making Linux better – providing contributions to help improve Linux with respect to reliability, availability and serviceability - Enabling IBM products – both across major server lines and throughout the IBM middleware portfolio - Extending...

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