Jim Zemlin: Linux (2007-12-13)

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About this Tux Talk

The success of Linux has been built on the strengths and abilities of the Linux and open source community -- the driving force behind the platform's competitive edge as the alternative to Windows. Never before in the history of the computing industry, have we seen so many developers and companies put their collective contributions into one project.

In just the last two years, 3200 developers have contributed to the Linux kernel. 2000 lines of code are written every day for the Linux platform. 1762 unique kernel contributions have been logged in one year alone. There is a new Linux kernel release every 2.5 months and a new Linux distribution release every six months.

This amazing engine runs on one part passion and one part business. Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, outlines how the Linux community - developers, vendors, ISVs and users - are the greatest force in computing.

Zemlin discusses what the Linux community looks like today, how it's evolving to rival its competitors and how companies and individuals can participant in this movement. Using specific examples, he demonstrates how the community has driven development in key areas benefiting users. This discussion concludes with the most critical areas for Linux growth in the upcoming years and how these will be achieved through promoting, protecting, and standardizing Linux.

About Jim Zemlin

Jim Zemlin, formerly executive director of the Free Standards Group, is the executive director of the Linux Foundation. Zemlin previously served as vice president of marketing for Covalent Technologies, the leader in products and services for the Apache web server. Prior to that, he was a member of the founding management team of Corio, a leading enterprise application service provider that had a successful initial public offering in July 2000. Widely quoted in the press on open source and commercial software trends, Zemlin has also been a keynote speaker at industry and financial conferences including Gartner's Open Source Conference, Linux World and OSCON. Zemlin also has a regular column in Enterprise Open Source Journal and is an advisor on open source strategy to various companies and governmental groups including Hyperic, Zmanda and the Chinese Open Source Promotion Union.

Event Schedule

This session was originally presented on December 13, 2007