The Samsung OSG Keeps Growing.

The Samsung Open Source Group consists of only about 50 people spread out over the entire world, and in an organization that employs more than 275,000 it can be a challenge for us to make a large impact on the company as a whole. In order to do this, its vital we hire individuals that play key roles in the open source ecosystem  so that we can continue to integrate greater adoption of open source methodology into the company at large.

With that said, it’s a pleasure to introduce our two newest members Javier Martinez Canillas, and Brian Warner.

Javier Martinez Canillas

I’m very happy to announce I’ve joined the Samsung Open Source Group.

As people that have been following the Linux Exynos upstream development probably know, I’ve been working on improving the mainline support for the Samsung Exynos5 based Chromebooks and Exynos5 in general over the last year. Now, this work is mostly finished with all of the peripherals in working order in addition to support for power management, suspend-to-RAM, and more. This was, of course, built on top of work completed by others to add core support for the Exynos5 SoCs and the initial support for the Exynos5 Chromebooks. Now, a mainline kernel can be used in addition to the 3.8 vendor kernel that is shipped on these Chromebooks.

Hopefully, these additions will allow users to take advantage of the improvements that come with each new kernel release, and allow developers to use these Chromebooks as a convenient ARM development and testing platforms for building new ARM and big.LITTLE features. In particular, it enables testing on a consumer laptop device.

As a member of the Samsung Open Source Group, I will be able to continue working on improving the support for Exynos SoC based products and Linux in general. I’m very excited about this new opportunity!

Brian Warner

I recently joined the Samsung Open Source Group as Senior Open Source Strategist. Previously, I was the Director of Client Services at The Linux Foundation, launching and managing a variety of Collaborative Projects including Tizen, IoTivity, Xen Project, Yocto Project, etc.  One of my main responsibilities was to manage the Tizen project, which has grown and evolved in a lot of really exciting ways over the past 12 months.  As such, this has been a really easy and natural transition, and I’m still working very closely with my former colleagues at the Linux Foundation.

I joined Samsung to work on a variety of internal and external open source initiatives.  Some of these are already public, like Tizen, IoTivity, and IOT.js.  Others are internal and are in our pipeline.  And of course, there’s all the amazing work that the others in the Open Source Group are doing with key strategic projects like Linux, Wayland, Blink, WebKit, multimedia frameworks, EFL, and so forth.  Needless to say, there’s a lot going on above and below the surface.

Primarily I will be responsible for guiding Samsung’s involvement with strategic external open source projects and foundations, as well as launching and guiding new open source initiatives. My main goal is to help Samsung continue on their journey of becoming more efficient in working with outside collaborators, as well as evolving internal development practices to become more aligned with the open source manner of developing software.

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Author: Javier Martinez

Javier Martinez Canillas was a Senior Linux Kernel Developer for the Samsung Open Source Group with a focus working on ARM and Exynos SoC support.