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In this month's Linux Foundation newsletter:
* Second Annual End User Summit Connects IT Leaders, Linux Developers
* Japan Linux Symposium Videos Available
* New Members Elected to Linux Foundation Technical Advisory Board
* New Perks for Individual Members Very Popular
* Linux Foundation in the News
* From the Foundation: Cloud Computing Too Costly in the Long Term?
==> Second Annual End User Summit Connects IT Leaders, Linux Developers <==
The End User Summit, sponsored by IBM and Intel, brought together CTOs,
architects, senior IT representatives, and kernel developers at the Hyatt
Jersey City on the Hudson this November for a one-of-a-kind, invitation-only
event that delivered on the promise of advancing Linux in the business
Key speakers at this year's event included Brian Clark, Vice President &
Chief Architect, NYSE Euronext, who described how the New York Stock
Exchange deploys Linux across their lines of business as a competitive
strength, and highlighted the role Linux plays in the architecture behind
NYSE and the new roles Linux is playing in light of the economic
IDC's Al Gillen provided an overview of the Linux market and context for the
position of Linux versus other competitive solutions in the market today and
in the future.
Tim Golden from Bank of America focused on the current adoption curve to
open source software for end user companies and community participation
scenarios; various methods that end user companies can utilize to
participate as community members and offensive strategies that end users can
adopt to prepare for larger, more active roles in the Linux community.
Panel discussions were also a big part of the Summit, especially the popular
"The Future of Linux: Straight From the Source" panel moderated by Novell's
James Bottomley, with Len Brown from Intel Corporation; kernel developer
Christoph Lameter; and Theodore Ts'o from the Linux Foundation, who
discussed the Linux kernel's past, present, and future.
==> Japan Linux Symposium Videos Available <==
The Japan Linux Symposium has been deemed a success by many who attended the
October show in Tokyo, Japan. This newest Linux Foundation event in Asia
Pacific brought togethRead More er developers, managers, executives,
students and end users from Japan, Korea, China and many international
The event featured noted Linux and open source rock stars from around the
world, including a keynote interview with Linus Torvalds, conducted by LF
Executive Director Jim Zemlin.
In his brief introduction, Zemlin highlighted some key numbers that are a
part of the Linux ecosystem.
2,700,000. Number of lines of code added to kernel in the last year
according to the recently updated "Who Writes Linux" paper from the Linux
10,923. Number of lines of code added to the Linux kernel every day.
5,547. Number of lines deleted every day.
1. There's only one Linus Torvalds, founder of Linux.
After his introduction, Zemlin sat down with Torvalds, who discussed the
huge growth of Linux, how it came to be, and where it's going next. Visit
see the video of this interview, and
watch the rest of the videos from selected JLS sessions.
==> New Members Elected to Linux Foundation Technical Advisory Board <==
The Linux Foundation has announced the results of its 2009 Technical
Advisory Board (TAB) election, which was held at the Japan Linux Symposium
The TAB consists of ten members of the Linux kernel community who are
annually elected by their peers to serve staggered, two-year terms. The TAB
collaborates with the Linux Foundation on programs and issues that affect
the Linux community. The TAB Chair also sits on the board of the Linux
Three new members were elected to the TAB this year:
* Alan Cox, employed by Intel SSG and manager of major Linux projects such
as the original Linux SMP implementation, the Linux Mac68K port and an
experimental 16bit Linux subset port to the 8086;
* Thomas Gleixner, who manages bug reports for NAND FLASH, core timers and
the unified x86 architecture; and
* Ted Ts'o, the first North American Linux kernel developer and Linux
Foundation fellow. Ted was also voted as the new Vice Chair.
Re-elected for two-year terms are Jon Corbet, Linux kernel developer and
author of the Linux Kernel Weather Report, and Greg Kroah-Hartman, employed
by Novell and kernel maintainer for the -stable branch as well as manager of
the Linux Device Driver Project.
==> New Perks for Individual Members Very Popular <==
Last month the Linux Foundation announced new, exclusive benefits for
individual members, including employee purchase pricing from Dell, HP and
Lenovo, and the opportunity to secure a Linux.com email address for life.
The program has proven to be very popular.
Linux Foundation individual members can now get up to 40 percent off of
Lenovo devices and standard employee purchase pricing from Dell and HP. Dell
also offers a best price guarantee to Linux Foundation members. These
benefits can translate into hundreds or thousands of dollars for those who
purchase their devices as part of this program.
Existing members that would like to ensure their Linux.com email address is
permanent and not dependent on Linux Foundation membership renewal can elect
to secure it with a one-time $150 fee. New members who want the same benefit
will pay a total of $249 for the first year's membership and the lifetime
To join the Linux Foundation and to see a full list of benefits and
discounts, please visit our membership page:
==> Linux Foundation in the News <==
The Register: Latest Moblin Linux Polished for Netbooks
The effort putting Linux on Intel's mobile Atom processor has seen its
latest release, with an across-the-board polish for Moblin. The steering
committee of the Moblin Project, the Intel-initiated effort that was spun
off to the Linux Foundation earlier this year, proudly announced a raft of
capabilities new to version 2.1.
Ars Technica: Linux Foundation Aims to Boost Membership with New Perks
The Linux Foundation is hoping to boost its membership by offering new perks
to individual members. These perks include a lifetime e-mail account at the
linux.com domain and modest hardware discounts from some of the
USA Today: Despite Windows 7, Linux Raps Harder at Company Doors
In building Windows 7, Microsoft went to great lengths to elicit feedback
from small and midsize firms in particular, says Rich Reynolds, a Windows
general manager. "We designed an operating system that saves them time and
money." But Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, counters
that Linux is a better fit for cash-strapped businesses. "Linux is younger
and cheaper than Windows, and we are very patient."
BNET: Why Microsoft Will Lose the Mobile OS Wars
It doesn't matter whether you think that Linux Foundation executive director
Jim Zetlin is right when he predicts that the open source OS will become
ascendant. It doesn't matter whether you are a Google or Apple booster. It
also doesn't matter whether you think, as my colleague Michael Hickins does,
that browsers and HTML 5 will largely eliminate the importance of the OS.
(By the way, I think his argument, though not an absolute lock on the
future, is well considered.)
The H: Linux-Kongress 2009: New Filesystems, Optimised Programming
IBM developer Theodore Ts'o, who has been "outsourced" to the Linux
Foundation as a CTO (Chief Technology Officer) for the time being, presented
the conference's opening keynote. In his presentation "Linux and Open Source
in 2010 and Beyond," he identified mobile computing and cloud computing as
the two IT sectors where companies are currently showing a particular
interest in Linux, replacing proprietary solutions with Linux-based
Crave: How to Run Quake III and HD videos on a Netbook
However, it's beginning to seem like the limitation is not on the hardware,
but the drivers. Martin Mohring, from the Linux Foundation, was at a Mobile
Dev Camp event in Germany. There, he showed an MSI Wind U115 with an Atom
Z530 1.6GHz/Intel GMA 500 combo not only playing an HD video clip, but also
running Quake III at about 35fps.
==> From the Foundation: Cloud Computing Too Costly in the Long Term? <==
During their own Sept. 29 Cloud Computing Summit, IDC made what at first
glance sounded like a self-defeating statement: clouds, in the long run, are
actually a more expensive option than a company running its own datacenter.
The story came out today from Computerworld UK... it gives good coverage of
the presentation made at the Summit by Matthew McCormack, Consultant,
European Systems Group, IDC. Lots of good quotes. I wanted to see the
numbers, though, and while looking to contact McCormack, I found just the
information I was looking for.
IDC ran a model that analyzed what the costs would be to run 100 percent of
a large company's IT infrastructure entirely within the cloud versus on
their own data center. It turns out that according to IDC's estimates, after
the first three years of a cloud IT operation, costs would exceed those of
an optimally run datacenter, and that includes the added three-year refresh
cycles costs of 30 percent for the datacenter (see slide 6). By the end of
10 years, costs for the cloud operation would hit £26M (US$41M), while the
datacenter would only rack up £15M (US$24.6M).
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