May 18, 2017

Stricter Immigration Policies Crimp U.S. Open Source Development

What do Linus TorvaldsDirk HohndelMichael WideniusSolomon HykesNithya RuffSam RamjiLennart PoetteringBoris RenskiMadhura MaskaskyTheodore Ts’oWim Coekaerts, and Mark Shuttleworth all have in common? Each of them has founded or led major open source projects.

Also, each of them is an immigrant to the U.S., child of an immigrant or a non-U.S. national.

“Linux, the largest cooperatively developed software project in history, is created by thousands of people from around the world and made available to anyone to use for free,” noted Jim Zemlin, the executive director of the Linux Foundation in a blog post earlier this year...

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