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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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Open Compliance Program Off to a Great Start

I’m excited to debut the Compliance Blog with a launch announcement of The Linux Foundation’s Open Compliance Program. The program was kicked off formally with Executive Director Jim Zemlin’s keynote at LinuxCon in Boston but has been gestating for months. 

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Introducing the Open Compliance Program

I’m extremely proud to launch a major addition in our legal programs today: the Open Compliance Program.   Those of you who follow Linux know its use as an embedded OS has skyrocketed in recent memory, delivering a sea change in the consumer electronics and mobile industries. We think complying with open source licenses is relatively straightforward and far easier than complying with proprietary licenses, especially in an enterprise software setting. (Just ask a CIO who has an undergone a software audit recently. And that’s most of them.) But knowledge, after all, is power. And some companies need help, especially operationally, in defining and following best practices. That’s where we come in. We have the collective experience of our staff as well as the ability to galvanize our members to deliver information, training, tools and a standard that will help the industry coalesce around best practices and save money at the same time. Just as in open source, we feel collaborative development and re-use of resources in compliance matters will deliver great efficiencies of scale. We fully expect the Open Compliance Program to deliver real cost savings to all who participate as well as enable companies to...

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A Guest Post from IBM's Jean Staten Healy

It is hard to overestimate the importance of the mobile communications market today and the role that Linux is playing. Today, we welcome a guest post from IBM's Jean Staten Healy who gives us IBM's take on this rapidly growing area for the operating system.

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It's That Time Again! LinuxCon Awaits.

LinuxCon pass, check. Plane ticket, check. Hotel reservation, check. Penguin suit, don’t’ count on it…

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