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Torvalds Causes Mob Scene at LinuxCon Brazil

The Linux Foundation today kicked off its two-day debut of LinuxCon Brazil. Attendees got a rare opportunity to see both Linus Torvalds and Andrew Morton on stage, together, and in person. Based on this snapshot from Intel's Dirk Hohndel, I think attendees were very excited about that opportunity.

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Open Contact with Open Compliance Officers

There’s nothing quite like having an urgent issue to pursue with a company – a real thorn in your side – and lacking a name or phone number to contact for follow-up.   (Once upon a time, I reserved a domain name,, intending to aggregate all the world’s corporate customer feedback sites in one place for consumer convenience.  But that’s a story for another day.) What do you do if you’re an open source developer – a copyright holder – and you have concerns about the open source compliance of a product that uses your code?  And you can’t find a contact in that company to communicate your concerns? Here’s what you do:  You let us know at The Linux Foundation and we’ll use our extensive network of relationships to provide you a point of contact in the company for open source compliance.  Just use the web form at Open Compliance Directory...

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The People Who Support Linux: It's a Family Affair

This is an ongoing 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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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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Qualcomm's Take on Open Mobile Platforms

This week at LinuxCon, the Qualcomm Innovation Center (QuIC) joined The Linux Foundation at the platinum level. This represents Qualcomm's strong commitment to Linux and to collaborative development. QuIC President Rob Chandhok, who keynoted at LinuxCon, also shared with us his ideas around mobile platforms and openness....

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