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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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Tracking Weekly Enterprise Linux News & Trends

In an effort to capture notable enterprise Linux news and trends, The Linux Foundation will be surfacing some of the important milestones and announcements for enterprise Linux each week. This week was studded with major enterprise Linux news...

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The People Who Support Linux: "My Heart for Open Source Began with Linux"

This is an ongoing Linux.com series that profiles The Linux Foundation's individual members and begins to collectively illustrate a very important part of the Linux community. Individual members help support the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and other important activities that advance Linux, while getting a variety of other fun and valuable benefits. It is this collective support from thousands of individual members that enables The Linux Foundation to provide important services for industry and community.

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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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Good News for Linux Users From Broadcom

Last week, Broadcom announced they have open sourced the drivers for their latest 802.11n chipsets. This is significant because as closed source drivers, their chipsets were basically non-functional with Linux. By open sourcing these drivers, they can now be included in the Linux kernel. Broadcom joins virtually all other chipset suppliers who have made their drivers open source and compatible with Linux for some time. This driver is now in the staging kernel tree and should be mainlined in a future version of Linux, most likely 2.6.37. We are extremely happy to see this change for multiple reasons. One: it’s obviously good to have more technology available to use; we want technology to “just work” with Linux and since Braodcom is a major technology supplier their absence from the mainline kernel was significant. Two: we have been working with our Technical Advisory Board...

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