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Working Sessions at Collaboration Summit 2011 Focus on Operationalizing Compliance

Open source compliance garnered its fair share of attention at the recently-completed Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit April 6-8 in San Francisco.  There were great presentations in a compliance track and a legal track, as well as working group sessions for the SPDXTM technical and business workstreams.  And there was a great turnout for the Linux Foundation’s offering of the full-day compliance training course immediately after Collaboration Summit.  Most of all, attendees reinforced their commitment to compliance as the way to do business and focused their attention on ways to operationalize compliance activities and make them more efficient and ingrained in everyday business practices. The Compliance track featured presentations by a variety of compliance professionals. Kim Weins spoke about OpenLogic’s study reporting low levels of license compliance in the app development space. Phil Odence of Black Duck Software, one of the leaders of the SPDX project, overviewed SPDX accomplishments and future directions.  I spoke about the Linux Foundation’s Open Compliance Program, highlighting compliance resources such as our training courses, white papers, and self-assessment checklist.  Bradley Kuhn of the Software Freedom Conservancy offered a retrospective on twelve years of FLOSS license compliance activities.  And Jim Markwith of GE Healthcare Information Technology provided a corporate and legal perspective on compliance processes. We’re putting together a compliance track now for LinuxCon North America 2011, which comes to Vancouver in mid-August.  There’s still time for people to submit a presentation proposal online, or you can email me with suggestions or questions at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Win a Free Pass to LinuxCon: Just Tweet

LinuxCon this year is taking place in Vancouver, B.C. and will mark the official celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Linux.

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LinuxCon Lineup Reflects Reach of Linux

Today we announced our keynote speaker line up for this year’s LinuxCon North America set in beautiful Vancouver, BC in August. I am especially proud of this year’s slate as I believe it captures the current Linux zeitgeist. Enterprise Linux? We have the CEO of the largest and most successful Linux and open source company, Red Hat, opening up the conference. Embedded Linux? Mark Charlebois from the Qualcomm Innovation Center will give us his insight on how the embedded and mobile industries are changing and how Linux is fueling that change. Cloud Computing? We are lucky to have Marten Mickos, Chief Executive Officer at Eucalyptus Systems and former CEO of MySQL. Marten is at the forefront of the open cloud movement. Mobile Linux? Phil McKinney,...

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openSUSE Tumbleweed status for the week of April 9, 2011

Here's a short note as to the status of some recent activity in the openSUSE:Tumbleweed repo: the kernel is at the 2.6.38 release level a number of multimedia packages and libraries were updated to their Factory level Banshee 2 is now in the repository LibreOffice 3.3.2 is in the repository. I'm considering adding GNOME:3.0 to openSUSE:Tumbleweed when the openSUSE GNOME developers release it. It's building in a...

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Celebrate 20 Years of Linux With Us

Twenty years ago this summer, Linus Torvalds made a bold decision to share his operating system with the world. Not long after that, he chose to license it under the General Public License. Nothing in computing has been the same since. In fact, today Linux is the largest collaborative development project in the history of computing, which means that the 20th Anniversary of Linux is an opportunity for the community to come together in celebration of this great success story and in collaboration on how it will define the next 20 years of Linux. Today Linux is literally everywhere: in your phone, at your ATM, in your TV, on your desktop, at the movies,...

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