Linux Continues Full Steam Ahead: LinuxCon 2015

A few of us from the Samsung Open Source Group had the pleasure of attending LinuxCon in Seattle this week. It attracted more than 1,500 professionals from the Linux community and the rest of the open source industry for presentations, conversations, and general mingling. For the first time, LinuxCon was colocated with ContainerCon which, in addition to CloudOpen, brought quite a few experts from companies that work on cloud technologies and virtualization.

Linux is at the Center of an Ever-Growing Ecosystem

Anyone familiar with the Linux Foundation probably knows the community is as strong as ever and shows little sign of slowing down. Jim Zemlin, the executive director of the Linux Foundation, explained this in his opening keynote when he stated that  nearly 3,000 developers have contributed more than 64 million lines of code to Linux Foundation collaborative projects (not including the Linux Kernel). These contributions represent $5.1 billion in value for the tech industry.

A handful of new Linux Foundation projects were announced at LinuxCon. The first new project that was announced was the Kinetic Open Storage project which will help advance storage technologies and help them keep up with advancements in the cloud, virtualization, and container technologies.

IO Visor was the next collaborative project to be announced. The goal of this project is to address the new IO requirements presented by cloud computing, the Internet of Things, and Software-Defined Networking. It will do this by providing a neutral forum in which participants can participate in the development of an open, programmable data plane for modern IO and networking applications. It will also provide development tools for the creation of high-speed, event-driven functions for distributed network environments.

As part of an expansion of the Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII), the Linux Foundation announced the upcoming launch of a new badge program that will be used to encourage the adoption of security best-practices. In preparation for the launch, the badge standard has been posted on GitHub in order to gather contributions from the community to help define it. Anyone that is interested in helping launch this project is encouraged to improve the standard and add their contributions through pull requests.

Perhaps the most important aspect of the growing number of collaborative projects hosted by the Linux Foundation is the fact that they bring together competitors in an effort to advance common tools. Greater collaboration between the worlds biggest tech companies will help advance technology for everyone rather than keeping it bottled up for the benefit of only a few. The Linux Foundation is continuing to expand it’s role as a mediator for all companies working with Linux and other open source technologies.

The Samsung OSG Represents!

LinuxCon is one of our biggest events each year and we sent out a handful of our team to participate in this year’s conference. Many of us presented at the conference and we had a booth where people could stop by to pick up swag and check out our progress on porting Tizen to the Raspberry Pi 2.

Our presentations covered topics including Linux Kernel development, Servo, IoTivity, and more. Ibrahim Haddad, the head of our group, gave a talk that discussed the role of our group at Samsung; Rikki Endsley from Red Hat gave a great summary of this talk on opensource.com.

For the second year in a row, our own Shuah Khan was selected to participate in the Linux Kernel panel discussion keynote which wrapped up the entire conference. This panel discussed a lot of highly important issues for the Linux Kernel including the use of testing to improve the Kernel and the role consumers need to play to push device manufactures to provide important updates for their devices. In addition to other topics, they also covered the struggle of the Kernel to keep up with increasing hardware complexity and what needs to be done to improve this progress (hint: we need more Kernel developers!).

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Looking Forward to Dublin

Once again, it seems this conference was a great success, both for the Samsung Open Source Group and the open source community at large. We always meet a lot of great people at events like these and we hope we provided as much value as we took away from this conference.  LinuxCon EU is just over a month away in Dublin, and we look forward to seeing everyone there!

Author: Ben Lloyd Pearson

Ben is an open source technologist experienced in a wide array of modern IT tools. He's done a bit of everything, from web development, to systems administration, web publishing, and beyond.