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Linux Foundation to donate portion of membership fees to Code.org

The Linux Foundation announced its mid-year individual membership drive and promotion. For each new membership between 01 June to 11:59 p.m. PT on June 30, 2014, Code.org will receive $25.

Code.org is a non-profit organization dedicated to the expansion of computer science by making it available in more schools and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Its vision is to provide the opportunity of learning computer science to every school student. Code.org identifies with the Linux Foundation’s mission to increase opportunities for people to learn programming of all types.

Amanda McPherson, CMO at The Linux Foundation explains – “Many of today’s Linux professionals got started as students, tinkering with computers and writing simple programs during college. By helping extend individual membership contributions this month to Code.org, we hope the community can support Linux and the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds while helping to increase access to computer science education for the next generation of Linux developers and SysAdmins”.

Learning and education are top priorities at The Linux Foundation too. It recently announced the first ‘Introduction to Linux’ Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), which is free for all. More than 140,000 people already enrolled for the first class that begins this August. It also offers and organizes various training programs.

The Linux Foundation memberships support the advancement of Linux and open source community. As additional perks, members also receive exclusive benefits that include 20 percent off LinuxCon and CloudOpen registration; up to 10 percent off Linux Foundation training; a Linux.com email address (e.g. [email protected]); employee purchase pricing from Dell, HP and Lenovo; up to 35 percent off O’Reilly books and e-books; and a variety of other discounts.

The membership fee per year is $99. For students it is $25 and includes the same benefits as individual members. To sign up, visit:


Linus Torvalds reads mean tweets

Linus Torvalds has a great sense of humor (depending on your taste of humor), as long as you are not at the receiving end. But there is nothing funnier than him reading some tweets targeting him. The Linux Foundation has published a video where Linus is reading some tweets on the lines of Jimmy Kimmel’s Mean Tweets series.

Here is the video.

Can you find some really funny tweets targeting Linus and share with us in comments below?


Tizen Dev Conf 2014 open to student developers for free

Good news for budding developers interested in mobile platforms and devices. The Tizen Developer Conference 2014 (hashtag #TDCSF14) due next week is offering free registration to student developers.

If you are a student interested in working on an emerging mobile platform, Tizen can be a great start. It is a Linux based open source and open standards operating system for devices like smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, laptops and smart cameras. It’s a project within the Linux Foundation and is governed by a technical group headed by Samsung and Intel among others. Member operators, OEMs and manufacturers include Fujitsu, Huawei, Intel, KT Corporation, NEC Casio Mobile Communications, NTT Docomo, Orange S.A., Panasonic Mobile Communications, Samsung, SK Telecom, Sprint and Vodafone.

The upcoming event will be the 3rd annual Tizen Developer Conference. Details:
Venue: Hilton San Francisco, Union Square
Date: Jun 2-4, 2014

The conference will see Tizen developers, app developers, ISVs, platform designers, operator, OEMs, hardware vendors, software vendors, open source enthusiasts and anyone engaged in TIzen assemble together and discuss the technology as well as the Tizen ecosystem. Apart from technical interests, it’s a great networking opportunity as well.

Various tracks available at the conference are:

– Platform development, for those working on Tizen source code.
– App development, with sessions on HTML5 and the native APIs.
– Tutorials and community, which includes porting Tizen to new devices, how to use the SDK, how to create Tizen system images, etc.
– TV, for more info on the Tizen TV architecture and app development.
– IVI, which covers In-Vehicle Infotainment.
– Ecosystem, which includes porting from other platforms to Tizen.
– Wearables, for those developing apps for wearable devices.
– IoT, which covers Tizen for Internet of Things.

Find the detailed schedule here. There are awesome developer giveaways – Gear2 & NUC!

Registration is open. Use the code TDCUNIV14 to get a student discount. Note that students will need to show proof of status during the badge pick up.

Core Infrastructure Initiative

Core Infrastructure Initiative, a collective response to the Heartbleed

In an effort to stop the next Heartbleed, a group of tech giants have joined forces to fund critical open source projects known as Core Infrastructure Initiative. The Heartbleed bug was a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. This weakness allowed stealing of the information protected, under normal conditions, by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet. SSL/TLS provides communication security and privacy over the Internet for applications such as Web, e-mail, instant messaging (IM) and some virtual private networks (VPNs).

The Core Infrastructure Initiative is a multi-million dollar project organized by The Linux Foundation to fund open source projects that are in the critical path for core computing and Internet functions. The Core Infrastructure Initiative’s first task will be OpenSSL, which fell prey to Heartbleed and caused panic across the Web.

The Core Infrastructure group will work with an advisory board of esteemed open source developers to identify and fund open source projects in need. Support from the initiative can include funding for fellowships for key developers to work full time on the open source project, security audits, computing and test infrastructure, travel, face-to-face meeting coordination and other support.

Essentially, organization members – which include Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Dell, Facebook, Fujitsu, Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, NetApp, Rackspace, VMware and The Linux Foundation – will invest in open-source projects to make sure they get off the ground and are as secure as possible.

“We are expanding the work we already do for the Linux kernel to other projects that may need support, our global economy is built on top of many open source projects. Just as The Linux Foundation has funded Linus Torvalds to be able to focus 100% on Linux development, we will now be able to support additional developers and maintainers to work full-time supporting other essential open source projects. We are thankful for these industry leaders’ commitment to ensuring the continued growth and reliability of critical open source projects such as OpenSSL,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux Foundation.

Heartbleed was one of the worst Internet flaws ever uncovered. The maintenance of the software, which secures around two-thirds of the world’s websites, was done by a group of volunteers with very little funding. The new group set up by the Linux Foundation has a dozen contributors and has so far raised around $3m.

Here are the official statements by Founding Members of The Core Infrastructure,

Amazon Web Services : “Open source software is important to organizations like AWS that deliver secure Internet experiences and services for customers,” said Steve Schmidt, Chief Information Security Officer, Amazon Web Services, Inc. “We are pleased to be part of the Core Infrastructure Initiative and to work with the Linux Foundation to foster continued innovation and security in key open source projects that can benefit us all.”

Cisco : “By creating the Core Infrastructure Initiative, the Linux Foundation has once again stepped up to the challenge of supporting open source projects at the heart of today’s Internet,” said Colin Kincaid, VP Product Management and Architecture, Cisco. “Supporting dedicated open source collaborators and contributors is vital to the success and growth of innovation.”

Dell : “Protecting and supporting the work of open source developers and the projects that provide the underpinning of the world’s technology infrastructure is of the highest priority,” said Don Ferguson, Software CTO and Sr. Fellow, Dell. “The Core Infrastructure Initiative gives the industry a way to do this effectively. We are proud to be involved in this very important work.”

Facebook : “Open source software makes today’s computing infrastructure possible. Facebook is excited to support these projects and the developers who maintain them. This initiative will help ensure that these core components of internet infrastructure get the assistance they need to respond to new threats and to reach new levels of scale,” said Doug Beaver, Engineering Director of Traffic & Edge, Facebook.

Fujitsu : “In the nearly two decades that Fujitsu has actively supported Linux, we have gained an understanding that open source software is an essential element of today’s computing infrastructure,” said Takashi Fujiwara, Head of Platform Software Business Unit, Fujitsu Limited. “We are keen to participate in the Core Infrastructure Initiative as it will enable us to more easily support critical open source projects and key developers of the world’s most important code.”

Google : “Google has been a longtime supporter of the Linux Foundation and open source in general, so we’re proud to join the Core Infrastructure Initiative. We believe that an open-source approach to online security will ensure that code is constantly improving, making the web a safer place for us all,” said Chris DiBona, Director of Engineering for Open Source at Google.

IBM“The Linux Foundation is well positioned to manage this initiative to improve security for the open source community,” said Hira Advani, IBM Software Group Chief Security Compliance Officer. “IBM has a long history of supporting open source standards and thousands of IBM researchers, programmers and engineers around the world are contributing to this community. We look forward to working with the foundation and other founding members of the Core Infrastructure Initiative to better enable the open source community to meet the evolving needs of businesses and governmental organizations.”

Intel : “Intel is committed to support the development of open source technology and Linux,” said Imad Sousou, Intel vice president and general manager of the Intel Open Source Technology Center. “As an active and long term contributor to open source community, Intel believes the Core Infrastructure Initiative can help provide long term, sustainable support to Linux, the world’s most important open source standard.”

Microsoft : “Security is an industry-wide concern requiring industry-wide collaboration. The Core Infrastructure Initiative aligns with our participation in open source and the advancement of secure development across all platforms, devices and services.” – Steve Lipner, partner director of software security, Microsoft.

NetApp : “We are pleased to support the important and timely Core Infrastructure Initiative, along with our industry partners,” said Dan Neault, Senior Vice President, Datacenter Solutions, and NetApp. “Computer security is of paramount importance to our industry, and our participation reflects NetApp’s commitment to the open source community and the software that we each rely on every day in our business and personal lives.”

Rackspace : “We believe the Core Infrastructure Initiative will improve the security of the Internet,” said John Engates, CTO, and Rackspace. “Open source code powers everything we do online. We look forward to working with the Linux Foundation, our other company partners, and the open source community to make sure these projects get the support they need.”

VMware  “The Core Infrastructure Initiative is critical. The new model of computing involves a set of choices for customers – on premise, off premise, hybrid – and we must ensure the safety and security across all of those environments,” commented Ray O’Farrell, senior vice president, Cloud Infrastructure R&D, VMware. “We welcome the opportunity to support and contribute to the success of open source and are eager to participate in the Core Infrastructure Initiative.”

Source: eweek.com


Xen enhances support for ARM

ARM on servers, running virtual machines, will soon be a reality and companies are preparing themselves for it. Open Source, as usual, has a lead in this domain and now Linux Foundation hosted Xen Project has strengthened its support for ARM.

“Virtualization and low-powered servers are leading companies to rethink the data center and its potential for efficiency,” said Lars Kurth, Chairman of the Xen Project advisory board.

The project has announced Hypervisor 4.4 with improved ARM support. There are major companies behind this release which include AMD, Citrix, Intel, Oracle and SUSE.

Newly supported hardware include AppliedMicro’s X-Gene, the Arndale Board, Calxeda ECX-2000, TI OMAP5 and the Allwinner SunXi boards.

The project says, “The substantially improved multiplatform capabilities of the hypervisor allow hardware and embedded vendors to port the Xen Project technology to new ARM SoCs easily, shortening their time to market.”

The new release introduces significant stability, usability and performance improvements for the ARM architecture and extended hardware compatibility. AppliedMicro’s X-Gene, the Arndale Board, Calxeda ECX-2000, TI OMAP5 and the Allwinner SunXi boards are all supported. The substantially improved multiplatform capabilities of the hypervisor allow hardware and embedded vendors to port the Xen Project technology to new ARM SoCs easily, shortening their time to market.

Additional enhancements in this release included 64-bit guest support on ARMv8 platforms. All userspace tools, such as the xl management tool, can run on 64-bit and create 64-bit virtual machines out of the box.

The release also include 64-bit guest support on ARMv8 platforms. The Xen Project hypercall ABI is now stable and will be maintained for backward compatibility, so users can trust future releases to boot older operating systems.


Linux Foundation opens up free intro course to edX

Isn’t education amazing? It’s even more amazing when it’s free! In a good-hearted move by the Linux Foundation, the organization is planning to introductory courses to Linux on MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). You might remember MOOC more by the education institutions behind it, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. Over 32 member schools participate in edX content offerings, and this recent moved by edX will expand these offerings to non-academic institutions like The Linux Foundation.

The particular courses will start out with familiar material The Linux Foundation has today, such as its introduction to Linux class. The intro course is aimed at those with very little experience in using Linux operating systems. Not much is known at this point about future offerings. Look for the course release date in the coming month ahead. The course, when offered directly from The Linux Foundation, costs a large lump sum of 2,500 USD, a figure which many, such as me can’t afford. While I likely will know most of the course content, I still plan on taking advantage of this amazing opportunity in education.

For those that have never heard of edX, the initiative is an amazing program that offers real classes, from science to art, and technology, from the best professors and university’s free can offer. Rather than settle for a simple video, edX courses help individuals in a variety of ways, including intuitive tools, videos, interactive labs, and more. The courses are available anywhere you have an internet connection, and the community surrounding courses is fully interactive, even between professors and authors.

“Linux has just seen this insane adoption across every sector of technology … as use of Linux rises we need to keep up with demand. This is a way for people to get familiar with Linux.”

Linux talent search

If you have been following the trends in the past year or so, Linux talent search is on the rise, but the pool of applicants and qualified professionals is smaller in comparison. Hint hint, I am one of those aspiring people.

Opening up edX educational offerings outside the traditional academia realm will be a great benefit to its recipients. Many information hungry people like me are always on the lookout to learn amazing new things, and edX does a fantastic job at introducing more and more imaginative minds to science and technology. Many recent statistics are showing increasing salaries for folks who know Linux technologies, at times getting as much as a 5 percent salary raise compared to 2.6 percent last year. Jim Zemlin, director of the Linux Foundation, hopes that the course will help completion rates, which unfortunately hover around 5 percent of those that signed up last year. Zemlin still welcomes the 505,000+ “course grazers” from last year’s statistics, that largely check out courses, but never complete them.

21st Century learning

Zemlin continues to tell interested folks to not expect immediate high-level work, but that acquiring self-taught skills could land someone a starting position. In my view, doing such a thing shows great initiative. Linux is largely a communal effort, and teaches many people how to work together and solve problems. Yes, of course there are some gray areas where in-fighting does occur, but the empowering nature of open source software is clearly evident. While the introductory course offered by the Linux Foundation won’t include C programming or advanced topics, rudimentary use and common concepts will be explored.

Online learning has most certainly taken off in the 21st century, an avenue more and more educational leaders are noticing as a popular, effective, and sometimes low-cost method to shape the minds of aspiring minds. While it is difficult to judge the success of edX courses by completion rate alone, Zemlin notes that “We don’t even know what the right metric for success for universities are. Is it that you passed or is it getting a quality education or is it that you obtained a job? There’s more than one metric. Focusing on completion rates is not right.”

Also joining the ranks of edX course professional, is the International Monetary Fund, The Smithsonian Institution and the Inter-American Development Bank. Seven academic institutions also became edX members recently as well, including Colgate University, Hamilton College and the Open Courseware Consortium. Be on the lookout next month for new course offering, and subsequent news stories. I will most certainly be taking advantage of such a great opportunity to learn, as I hope you will as well.


Hiring managers desperately hunt for Linux talent: Report

With hiring managers beefing up their plans to bring aboard talent with Linux skills over the next six months, a bright future awaits those professionals who know Linux.

Tech recruitment firm Dice and The Linux Foundation have released the 2014 edition of the Linux Jobs Report. The two found that the growing demand for Linux talent is “driving salaries for Linux above industry norms.”

“Enterprises are increasingly describing Linux as a core part of the business,” said Shravan Goli, president of Dice. “In turn, hiring managers are turning up the dial on the incentives offered to technology talent with Linux skills. These professionals are working on projects tightly aligned with a future vision of what enterprises look like.”

This is the third annual Linux Jobs Report produced by Dice and The Linux Foundation. It aims to help the industry comprehend what is contributing to Linux job trends and also keep employers updated about the best ways to recruit and retain key Linux talent.

“While demand continues to grow for Linux talent, there remains a shortage of experienced Linux professionals on the market. This year’s Linux Jobs Report clearly illustrates this issue,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation.

Key statistics from the report include:

  • Finding Linux talent is becoming more of a priority for hiring managers. Seventy seven percent of hiring managers have “hiring Linux talent” on their list of priorities for 2014, up from 70 percent a year ago. With these strategic priorities set, more than nine in ten hiring managers plan to hire a Linux professional in the next six months.
  • Hiring managers are increasing the number of Linux professionals they are searching for. Forty six percent of hiring managers are beefing up their plans for recruiting Linux talent over the next six months, representing a three-point increase from hiring managers’ plans in 2013.
  • Knowing Linux advances careers. Eight-six percent of Linux professionals report that knowing Linux has given them more career opportunities, and 64 percent say they chose to work with Linux because of its pervasiveness in modern-day technology infrastructure.

The 2014 Linux Jobs Report includes data from 1,100 hiring managers and 4,000 Linux professionals to learn what’s been going on in the Linux job market.


Linux Foundation to co-produce ApacheCon

The Linux Foundation has teamed up with The Apache Software Foundation to co-produce this year’s ApacheCon event. ApacheCon, now in its 15th year, will provide attendees with more opportunities for collaboration and networking.

This year’s program will host collaboration on some of the today’s hottest open source projects, including Apache projects like Cassandra, Cordova, CloudStack, CouchDB, Geronimo, Hadoop, Hive, HTTP Server, Lucene, OpenOffice, Struts, Subversion and Tomcat, among many others. This year’s event will also be co-located with CloudStack Collaboration Conference North America.

Keynotes, conference sessions, hackathons, lightening talks, a Bar Camp and tutorials are among the activities in which attendees could participate and interact with the maintainers and influencers from these technology communities.

It will take place April 7-9, 2014 and CloudStack Collaboration Conference North America will take place April 9-11, 2014 in Denver, Colorado at the Westin in Downtown Denver.

“The Linux Foundation strives to provide unique, collaborative experiences at its events. Our focus is on enabling community and facilitating the relationships that will benefit this form of development for years to come,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. “By working with The Apache Software Foundation and its community, we can use our expertise in events to benefit more open source projects and the broader ecosystem at large.”

Rich Bowen, executive vice president of The Apache Software Foundation and ApacheCon North America 2014 chair, added: “It’s an important year for The Apache Software Foundation and ApacheCon, and The Linux Foundation’s contributions to helping us expand opportunities and experiences for attendees is a welcome addition.”

Call for Papers (CFP) for both events are open now and close February 10, 2014.


Half a dozen most exciting usage of Raspberry Pi

Most of us are familiar with the Raspberry Pi. It’s a computer that’s about the size of your credit card and it was developed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation of the UK to help teach computer science in schools. Two things stand out about the Raspberry Pi: It costs only $25 or $35 and, it runs on Open Source Software which, as you know, we’re crazy about. In the year 2013, there are thousands of documented stories of how people used this pocket PC to change their lives or the lives of others, and we’re going to cover six of the best.

Automated Decanter
First on the list is an offering from Logi.cals which has considerable experience with the Raspberry Pi, and they have designed an automated decanting machine which runs on the said PC. Decanting is usually needed in upscale restaurants where the wine has been aged and has to be poured carefully. The fact that persons associated with such upscale indulgences would consider using a simple device to accomplish this task is mind boggling and points to the marvels that can be wrought with the right software. Micro switches and sensors determine whether a bottle and glass are present and the position of the bottle as it pours its fine content. This marvelous creation is sure to turn heads no matter where it is set up and I’m sure that the well off customers won’t mind being served by this automated wonder or even care for that matter.

Raspberry All-in-One
“The goal of this project was to produce a computer system, based on the Raspberry Pi, with an absolute minimum of cable clutter. I think I have succeeded.”

There’s no doubt that some might have been turned off by the bare appearance of the Raspberry Pi. Many have created cases to host their prized possession, but one man took it a step further. Michael Davis, through his love for fine things decided to use his Pi to create his very own desktop computer, but with as little clutter as possible. “The goal of this project was to produce a computer system, based on the Raspberry Pi, with an absolute minimum of cable clutter. I think I have succeeded,” a confident Michael shared on his blog. Michael documents the step by step process and even provides a list of parts that he used to accomplish his build.

Michael attached his Pi to the back of his Dell Monitor, and via an HDMI to VGA adapter, was able to have his display up and running. A dongle connected to the monitor allowed him to make use of his wireless keyboard and mouse combination  and allowed him to feel right at home. The setup runs on the Raspbian download embedded on an 8GB SD card and a 1TB USB hard drive is also connected to the set up for more storage options. Such a set up is a modern marvel and cannot go unnoticed. Head over to Mike’s page for a full run down of his ingenuity.

Raspberry Home Automation
Home automation gained a lot of traction in 2013. Apps like tasker and InControl for Android made a lot of buzz and many took the opportunity to create futuristic homes and power them from their cellphones. A user by the name of ‘willq44′ on the instructables network goes into great detail of how he used his Pi to set up his home automation. Said ‘willq44′, “I had heard heard about GPIO (General Purpose Input/Output) pins on the raspberry pi and decided to do something with it. And with the holidays coming, wouldn’t it be great to be able to turn on and off your light display from the web!” To answer his question, yes; it would be great to do that.

Willq44 acquired his Pi, remote controlled outlets, ribbon cable and a solder, and got to work. “I chose the Web2Py framework for it’s ease of installation and use.  Installation is very simple,” he continued as he displayed pictures of what was acquired. A set up like this is sure to wow your friends when they come over for some hot tea, and the best part about it is that you won’t have to break the bank to accomplish it. Have a closer look at the original post for more details on how to do this yourself.


AllSeen Alliance formed to accelerate ‘Internet of Things’

With the so-called ‘Internet of Things’ gaining traction quickly comes the need for all home devices (yes, we mean devices of all shapes and sizes) to talk to one another, or rather follow standards that allow them to communicate. To tackle this problem, Haier, LG Electronics, Panasonic, Qualcomm, Sharp, Silicon Image, TP-LINK, Cisco and more have come together to enable interoperability across multiple devices, systems and services.

The Linux Foundation has announced the formation of the AllSeen Alliance, “the broadest cross-industry consortium to date to advance adoption and innovation in the Internet of Everything in homes and industry”.

The members will contribute software and engineering resources as part of their collaboration on an open software framework that enables hardware manufacturers, service providers and software developers to create interoperable devices and services. This open source framework allows ad hoc systems to discover, connect and interact with nearby products regardless of brand, transport layer, platform or operating system.

Qualcomm, the star member, is contributing its AllJoyn technology to the AllSeen Alliance.

The AllJoyn open source project was originally developed by Qualcomm Innovation Center, and will be expanded with contributions from member companies and the open source community. Products, applications and services created with the AllJoyn open source project can communicate over various transport layers, such as Wi-Fi, power line or Ethernet, regardless of manufacturer or operating system and without the need for Internet access.

The software runs on popular platforms including Linux and the Linux-based Android, iOS, and Windows, including embedded variants. The initial codebase is now available on the website for developers to access and begin evaluating.

Some of the first AllSeen products will be shown off at CES next year, including new televisions from LG.