Article Source Brian Proffitt’s Blog
March 16, 2009, 5:56 am

Here’s some insider baseball about the publishing industry.

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Article Source Brian Proffitt’s Blog
March 13, 2009, 7:27 am

I was catching up with a friend of mine yesterday, and he asked me how  things were going with my new job at the Linux Foundation. (It’s been a while since we talked.)

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Article Source Brian Proffitt’s Blog
March 10, 2009, 7:24 am

As tensions flare between Linux, OS X, UNIX, and Windows operating systems on a daily basis, it’s good to know that efforts to achieve interoperability still try to reach across the chasm of hostility with the higher purpose of getting computers talking to each other for better business practice.

How’s that for a sweeping lead? Melodramatic enough? Yes, I thought so, too.

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Article Source Brian Proffitt’s Blog
March 4, 2009, 8:39 am

Since yesterday, quite a few folks have called or e-mailed me to find out just what exactly we at the Linux Foundation have planned for the new site. The big question: are we really making this a community-driven site?

Yes, yes we are. And more.

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Article Source Amanda McPherson’s Blog
March 3, 2009, 5:30 pm

I write that headline tongue firmly in cheek. Anyone familiar with the Linux community is also aware that Linux users are among the most passionate and opinionated people in the world. Linux was built on participation. This is why along with the news that the Linux Foundation is taking over the stewardship of, we also launched an “IdeaForge” to capture insight and ideas from users.

Much like Linux itself, will rely on the community to create and drive the content and conversation. While the Linux Foundation will provide the collaborative forum, we hope you Рthe real experts on Linux Рwill provide the content. Starting now, we’d like to hear your suggestions on what you’d like to see in the new We’ve created an IdeaForge for you to post, vote and discuss these ideas. Please log in and share your thoughts or feel free to email me directly (amanda (at) linuxfoundation dot org). There are already scores of great new ideas and healthy discussion. is a strategic piece of the Linux universe. It’s a natural fit for the Linux Foundation to host Linus owns the trademark, we administer the mark, and the site fits nicely into the content and community programs we already run. By nature of this arrangement, Sourceforge has proven to be an exemplary community member. They deserve a lot of credit, and we’re extremely excited to continue working with them on

The Linux universe is getting bigger, and we want to be the umbrella site that showcases that universe. We want it to be the site for “all matters Linux,” which means a big tent with room for everyone from the hard core kernel maintainer to the newbie. Linux literally touches everyone in the modern world everyday, and we want that to be reflected on

We’re currently working on translating your ideas into the site that will become Please feel free to share your thoughts, and hopefully you can then share in the development and launch of in the next few months. This is a thrilling next chapter in the Linux Foundation’s evolution and we hope you’re along for the ride.

Article Source Brian Proffitt’s Blog
March 3, 2009, 6:45 am

A new study from analyst firm In-Stat makes the dual case that smartphones will make up 20 percent of the total handheld market by 2013, and the operating system that will lead in that segment of the market will be Linux.

LinuxDevices, ever on top of embedded Linux news, reports:

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Article Source Brian Proffitt’s Blog
February 27, 2009, 11:42 am

In all of the PR about Red Hat’s move from Xen to KVM and the SolidICE/SPICE desktop virtualization tools earlier this week, it almost got missed that when Red Hat starts offering a desktop to sit on a virtual machine, they’d need an actual desktop offering.

Steven Vaughan-Nichols, though, was pretty sharp and noted the distinction–something he confirmed with Red Hat CTO Brian Stevens. By late Summer 2009, there should be a Red Hat deskop product ready for market.

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Article Source Zemlin’s Blog
February 26, 2009, 12:05 pm

Calm Down

Right now the Microsoft claim against Tom Tom is a private dispute between those two entities concerning GPS mapping software. We do not feel assumptions should be made about the scope or facts of this case and its inclusion, if any, of Linux-related technology. Any patent litigator will tell you that the path between asserting a claim under a patent and an actual, final determination that the patent is (1)valid and (2) that the claims of the patent are actually infringed is an extremely long road. If this case is in any way directed at Linux (in fact, Horacio Gutierrez, Microsoft’s corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing, has specifically stated that it isn’t), the Linux ecosystem has enormously sophisticated resources available to assist in the defense of any claim that is made against Linux.

Hope for the Best

It is our sincere hope that Microsoft will realize that cases like these only burden the software industry and do not serve their customers’ best interests. Instead of litigating, we believe customers prefer software companies to focus on building innovative products.

Plan for the Worst

The Linux Foundation is working closely with our partner the Open Invention Network, and our members, and is well prepared for any claims against Linux. We have great confidence in the foundation they have laid. Unfortunately, claims like these are a by-product of our business and legal system today. For now, we are closely watching the situation and will remain ready to mount a Linux’s defense, should the need arise.

Article Source Brian Proffitt’s Blog
February 23, 2009, 2:44 pm

We have a great thing in Linux, but the question I have is, how do we as a community introduce the real newcomers to programming to the joys of the operating system?

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Article Source Amanda McPherson’s Blog
February 20, 2009, 12:50 pm

The Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit is the only conference designed to enhance collaboration between the Linux community, industry, end users and ISVs. Instead of the silo-ed developer conferences or trade shows that fill up the year’s calendar, we gather leaders from each of these communities together to share knowledge, decide the course of action and accelerate the Linux platform. We’ve been working on the agenda and content for the CollabSummit for many months now, and I’m extremely excited about the results.

A few highlights I’m especially looking forward to:

  • ¬†A keynote presentation and demo of the Moblin project by Imad Sousou. This is the future of mobile Linux, and I‚Äôm looking forward to seeing it up close.
  • A panel discussion on ‚ÄúCommunity Participation: How we measure it, how we do improve it‚Äúwith the leaders in community from Ubuntu, OpenSuse, the kernel and Fedora.
  • ‚ÄúWhy Can‚Äôt We All Just Get Along:Linux, Microsoft and Sun.‚Äù It‚Äôs not everyday you see Microsoft, Sun and Linux share the stage. (Each party has assured us they will leave their lawyers, weapons and propaganda at home.)
  • ‚ÄúThe Linux Kernel: What‚Äôs Next‚Äù Hear directly from the kernel development community on what to expect in the coming years. Jon Corbet, Andrew Morton, Greg KH and more.
  • High Performance Computing Summit. For two days the leading users, developers and vendors in the high performance computing space will advance the state of the art in the largest computers in the world ‚Äî all running Linux.
  • Systems Management and Tracing Summit. This track will focus on the current tracing infrastructure for the Linux Kernel and userspace programs. Stakeholders for several current ongoing projects will provide development updates, technical insights and discuss project plans for features and further integration. I expect great things from this session as systems management as a key component of any platform.
  • There‚Äôs plenty more: file systems, the Linux ISV summit, Green Linux, Kernel Quality, Community Building and so on.

Wow, I’m tired already.