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In this month's Linux Foundation newsletter:
* Linux Foundation Introduces Linux-Branded Affinity Visa Platinum Credit
* LinuxCon Early Registration Deadline, New Keynote Topics
* Training Courses Open for LinuxCon
* Open Source for America Promotes FOSS for Government
* Telco Planning Joins Linux Foundation
* LinuxCon Keynote Speaker Garbee Interviewed
* Linux Foundation in the News
* From the Director
==> Linux Foundation Introduces Linux-Branded Affinity Visa Platinum Credit
The Linux Foundation announced it will offer an affinity Visa Platinum
credit card for people who want to contribute to advancing the Linux
operating system through Linux Foundation initiatives.
"This credit card is in response to requests by individuals who want to get
involved and support the Linux Foundation's community activities," said Jim
Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. "Some people write code
while others work on marketing or defending Linux. The Linux-branded credit
card is an easy way for anyone to contribute to the growth of Linux and
identify themselves as supporters of the community by carrying Tux in their
For every card activation, the Linux Foundation will receive $50 as well as
a percentage of every purchase made with the credit card. All funds from the
Visa card program will go directly toward providing community technical
events and providing travel grants for open source community members in
order to accelerate Linux innovation.
To learn more about or sign up for the credit card, visit
==> LinuxCon Early Registration Deadline, New Keynote Topics <==
This Saturday is the last day to register for the reduced fee of $399. After
that it is $499. Register today to take advantage of this great price before
Linux Foundation members can receive an additional 30% discount, just use
the code LFLC30 when you register at
In addition, new keynote topics from some of our illustrious line of
speakers have been announced this month. "Let's Get Together: Coordinated
Software Releases, The Linux Ecosystem and the Impact on the Global
Marketplace," by Mark Shuttleworth (CEO of Canonical and Founder of Ubuntu);
"A Musical Guide to the Future of Linux," by Joe Brockmeier (Community
Manage of openSUSE); "How to Shine in a Crowded Field," by Imad Sousou
(Director of Intel's Open Source Technology Center); and "The Freedom to
Collaborate" by Bdale Garbee (Open Source & Linux Chief Technologist at
For a full LinuxCon Schedule, visit
==> Training Courses Open for LinuxCon <==
Linux Foundation Training courses are still open for September's LinuxCon.
The Linux Foundation Linux training courses gives attendees the broad,
foundational knowledge and networking needed to thrive in their careers
today. Attendees can maximize their professional development by combining an
in-depth training course with your attendance at Linuxcon. The Linux
Foundation is offering a wide range of courses at LinuxCon on September 19 &
20, 2009, including:
LF001 - Creating Applications For Linux (2 Days)
This course provides practice with key tools and capabilities available to
developers of Linux based applications and system software.
LF002 - Essential Linux Device Driver Development Skills (2 Days)
This course provides practice with the key steps in developing Linux device
LF003 - Linux Kernel Debugging and Performance (2 Days)
This course walks participants through kernel documentation, kernel
configuration, kernel debugging, kernel measurement and other tools.
Linux Foundation members will receive an exclusive 20% discount by entering
LFLT when registering for these courses.
For more information on the LinuxCon training courses, visit
http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/linuxcon/training, or click
==> Open Source for America Promotes FOSS for Government <==
As the US struggles with a continuing recession, both the private and public
sectors are looking for ways to cut or mitigate operating costs,
particularly in the arena of information technology.
Starting in July, a new coalition of technology industry companies,
organizations, and academic institutions will be actively promoting one sure
way of cutting IT costs: using open source software and open technology
Open Source for America is a group of more than 50 organizations with the
primary mission of "the promotion of open source software in the US Federal
==> Telco Planning Joins Linux Foundation <==
The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating
the growth of Linux, today announced that Telco Planning has joined the
organization. Telco Planning provides consulting services to network
operators that encompass technology evaluation, business plan modeling,
network design, integration and installation.
"Telco Planning has a long history of participating in the evolution of
Carrier Grade Linux and being a conduit between vendors and carriers," said
Amanda McPherson, vice president of marketing and developer programs, The
Linux Foundation. "Their expertise will be an important contribution to the
Linux Foundation and all of its members as Linux becomes even more pervasive
in network environments."
==> LinuxCon Keynote Speaker Garbee Interviewed <==
As LinuxCon moves closer, we've been talking to the keynote speakers for the
event, to get a sense of what their message to attendees will be and to give
attendees a better sense of where the message is coming from. Next up in our
series of interviews is Bdale Garbee, Chief Technologist for Open Source and
Linux at Hewlett-Packard. Garbee is a steady fixture in the Linux community,
known for his work at HP as well as Debian Project Leader. His keynote "The
Freedom to Collaborate," will delve into innovation from open source and how
to keep that innovation alive.
For more information about LinuxCon, visit
To register, visit
==> Linux Foundation in the News <==
ChannelWeb: Microsoft Admits That Linux Desktop Elephant Exists
In the 10-K, Microsoft also said Linux is gaining acceptance in emerging
markets due to cost pressures on PC makers that have fueled the rise of
lower-price PC form factors, i.e. netbooks. Particularly telling was
Microsoft mentioning that Hewlett-Packard and Intel -- two of its closest
industry partners -- have been "actively working with alternative
Linux-based operating systems." HP sells Linux servers, notebooks and
netbooks, and Intel has played a leading role in Moblin, an open source
application stack for Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs), netbooks and nettops
that is now being run by the Linux Foundation.
The Register: Linux Foundation Urges Fans to Sign Up to Visa Credit Card
The Linux Foundation hopes to raise cash by branding a Visa card with its
cutesy Tux mascot. Executive director of the org, Jim Zemlin, said people
can carry "Tux in their pocket" to show their support for Linux.
Computerworld: Group to Push Open Source in U.S. Government
Members of the Open Source For America coalition, which launched Wednesday,
include Google, The Linux Foundation, the Mozilla and Debian projects,
Oracle, Sun Microsystems, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and the Electronic
Frontier Foundation (EFF). The coalition's goal is not to convince the U.S.
government to favor open-source software over proprietary code, but to give
open source an equal chance to win government contracts, said Tom Rabon,
executive vice president for corporate affairs at Red Hat. In recent years,
some open-source groups, particularly outside the U.S., have pushed
governments to mandate open-source software instead of using software from
Web Worker Daily: In the Market for a Netbook? Watch the OS Developments
There has also been much hubbub surrounding Linux-based netbooks. While it
may not be immediately apparent, both the Intel-backed Moblin operating
system and Google's upcoming Chrome OS are based on Linux. Intel has handed
the keys to Moblin over to The Linux Foundation, and it's being squarely
aimed at netbooks. There's a good chance that Moblin-based netbooks will
arrive by the end of the year. Moblin is getting notice for its very fast
boot times and its performance, and because it's an open-source operating
system, it may arrive in ultra-inexpensive netbooks. If you aren't planning
to get a netbook for a few months, it's worth keeping on your radar.
The Register: Microsoft: GPL Violation Didn't Drive Linux Donation
Leaders of the Linux community, meanwhile, continue to express their support
for the code drop itself. Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin, in
conversation with The Reg at OSCON, called it "good behavior we want to
encourage. I look at the fact Microsoft not so long ago said the GPL was
terrible and open-source software is a cancer, and now it's part of the
process. I see that as good, it's good for Linux that the tide has
IT World: What's "Linux on the Desktop" Mean, When We Don't Know What a
Desktop Is, Anymore?
At last week's Open Source Convention, the role of identifying the major
Linux trends and challenges was given to Jim Zemlin, executive director of
the Linux Foundation. First, there's much to cheer about in the Linux and
open source communities, Zemlin said, in every venue from mobile to
high-performance computing. "Today, in the modern world, everyone uses Linux
multiple times a day, even if they don't know it," he said. The economy is
benefiting open source because of cost reasons; it's expanding and
accelerating existing trends. Even Microsoft is actively participating in
Linux, and attending OSCON.
==> From the Director <==
Sometimes you need to hit rock bottom before you can get the help you need.
IDC acted as an "interventionist" today publishing a new report showing how
open source is growing in the down economy. The study released today shows,
"worldwide revenue from open source software will grow at a 22.4% compound
annual growth rate (CAGR) to reach $8.1 billion by 2013.
Read more at "Enterprise IT Hits Bottom--Open Source Holds an Intervention"
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