The Linux Foundation Boosts Its Membership

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2007-04-04 Print this article Print

The three newest members are expected to help deepen the foundation's understanding of the issues and opportunities for Linux in multiple environments.

The Linux Foundation, which was created in January 2007 out of the merger between the Open Source Development Labs and the Free Standards Group, has signed up three new members: Marvell, Nokia and VirtualLogix.

This brings current membership of the foundation—which has the goal of providing services that are useful to the community and industry, as well as protect, promote and continue to standardize the Linux platform— to around 86.
These newest members are expected to help deepen the foundations understanding of the issues and opportunities for Linux in multiple environments, and help the membership to push the envelope even further, Jim Zemlin, the Foundations executive director, said.
The announcement of the creation of the Linux Foundation came just six weeks after the OSDL announced that it had laid off a number of its engineering staff and was changing focus. Click here to read more about the merger of the OSDL and the FSG to create the Linux Foundation. Stuart Cohen, OSDLs chief executive, also resigned at the time and Chief Financial Officer Mike Temple took over as chief operating officer. Zemlin said at that time that Cohens resignation was "totally unrelated" to the formation of the foundation, adding that Temple would remain on board in an operational role "for the time being" and that running the OSDL was always intended to only be an interim role for Temple. To read more about the recent changes made at the OSDL, click here. Among the new members, Marvell brings a focus on the standardization of mobile and embedded Linux and its adoption on a wide range of devices. For its part, Nokia, wants to work on Linux-based technologies, including its Internet Tablet, in a vendor-neutral environment; VirtualLogix will contribute its real-time virtualization expertise to help device manufacturers incorporate the functionality of Linux into mobile handset and network infrastructure applications. "Were looking forward to rolling up our sleeves with these new members in the coming months, including at our first member meeting this June," Zemlin said. Marvell has been seeing strong interest in Linux from its silicon solution customers, said Paramesh Gopi, a vice president and general manager at the company. "By joining the Linux Foundation, we feel that we can better support this increasing demand and help bring embedded Linux into the mainstream through the foundations unified resources, services and standards," he said. Ari Jaaksi, the director of Nokias open-source software operation, said that it was important that Linux not be controlled by any single company. "The Linux Foundations protection mission helps provide that assurance. We also believe the foundations collaboration role will provide us a good venue to work with the industrys leaders in important areas such as desktop architecture and mobile Linux initiatives," he said. Was the Linux Foundation the right idea at the right time? Click here to read more. VirtualLogix hopes that working with the Linux Foundation virtualization workgroup will help speed the adoption of Linux into embedded devices at a lower cost. "With virtualization technology, manufacturers will be able to reduce bill of materials, manage multiple operating systems within a single hardware environment and increase product performance," said Michel Gien, executive vice president of corporate strategy at VirtualLogix. But the foundation has had its own controversies lately, especially when it named its new board of directors, which included many Fortune 500 executives from around the world, but not one representative from a purely community-based Linux organization. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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