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Forrester: Congratulations Open Sourcers, You’re on the Winning Team

In Forrester analyst Jeffrey Hammond’s keynote today at LinuxCon he outlined the trends of OSS adoption in the enterprise.  (You can download the slides here.) According to Hammond, open source software has crossed the chasm and is firmly entrenched in enterprises around the world. That wasn’t a surprise to the 800 people in the LinuxCon audience. But his data did uncover something interesting: IT operations people are choosing Linux not just to lower costs but also to fuel innovation and support growth. Hammond shared data from three surveys Forrester has conducted over the last few years of IT operations directors/VPs and eclipse developers (who are heavy Java users).  In a 2008 survey, cost reduction was the driving motivation of CIOs. But one year later, while reducing costs is still important,  executives now view Linux as helping their companies go faster. They are choosing it for its flexibility and because it positions them for growth as we come out of...

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New Benefits for Linux Foundation Members

We are extremely lucky to have the support of so many who are individual members of the Linux Foundation. Their  $99/year membership helps ensure we can continue  protecting, promoting and advancing Linux and support the work of Linus Torvalds himself. I did a poll of our members earlier this year and found, unsurprisingly, that even though members appreciate our many benefits, overwhelmingly people are members simply because they value Linux and want to support our programs so it remains free, strong and neutral.

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15 Facts You Should Know About MeeGo

Coming out of Computex, there’s been a lot of momentum for Meego,  the Linux-based platform that can power multiple computing devices, including handsets, netbooks, tablets, connected TVs and in-vehicle infotainment systems. Ibrahim Haddad, the Linux Foundation director of technology and alliances, has just published a new article, “An Introduction to the Meego Project.” It’s a great introductory piece on the platform, the benefits of the project and the role of the Linux Foundation. Below you will find an excerpt that I find especially interesting. I think Ibrahim captures the important points about MeeGo, many of which we raised in this recent Linux Foundation op-ed in BusinessWeek. 15 Facts You Must Know About MeeGo 1. Full open source project governed according to best...

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FOSS Compliance: What Are the Basics You Must Know?

Software compliance isn’t exactly the sexiest topic we tackle at the Linux Foundation, but it’s one of the most important. While we focus *our* efforts on open source software, the vast majority of software compliance efforts are focused on proprietary licenses. Just ask a CIO of an enterprise who has been audited by one of their software suppliers recently, or look at the well funded efforts of the Business Software Alliance, an organization dedicated to stamping out piracy and keeping companies in compliance with their members. At the Linux Foundation, we aren’t concerned with proprietary licenses and the well-funded and well-armed organizations that maintain compliance. We concern ourselves with helping companies use open source software, and in order to use open source software, you must keep in compliance with the license. After all to most open source projects...

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Linux Adds to Super Computing Dominance: Good News for Linux Users

While it may not equal the hysteria of the iPad or the latest Android release, the news last week ranking the top 500 Super Computers in the world is significant, especially if you’re a Linux user. Why? Because Linux continues to dominant super computing. This year it’s added to its domination and occupies 470 of the top 500 spots. (The rest: 25 with Unix, mainly AIX, and Windows with only 5.) A detailed look at the OS breakdown can be...

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