The annual Call for Code challenge. launched by IBM with support from the Linux Foundation and United Nations, invites the world's software developers and innovators to address climate change with open-source technology. This year four Australian teams are in the finals and one of these projects may well be the winner.
The technical advisory board of the Linux Foundation has asked the University of Minnesota to improve the quality of patches it submits to the kernel project and also follow a "best practices" document to be created by the board.
Students and the staff member at the University of Minnesota who were involved in submitting known buggy patches to the Linux kernel project have released a statement which they claim details the full history behind their actions which were geared towards writing a research paper.
A developer known as Giacomo Tesio has backed the actions of students and staff from the University of Minnesota, who sent known buggy patches to the stable Linux kernel maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman, writing that the act was "not just ethical, but noble and brave".
Red Hat has announced the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.4, forming the foundation of the company’s new Red Hat Edge Initiative to power the next wave of edge computing.
The Linux Foundation and Google will jointly fund two developers who work on the Linux kernel to concentrate on security for the project, the Foundation says.
The 5.8 release of the Linux kernel, which was released during the pandemic, was its biggest ever, with 1991 individuals contributing – an odd coincidence, given that 1991 was the year when the kernel was first released.
A study of the Linux kernel, right from its first commit on 17 September 1991 to 2 August this year, shows that it has had more than 20,000 contributors in those 29 years.
Data61, the digital arm of Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, has announced the creation of the seL4 Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation aimed at accelerating the development of the seL4 microkernel and related technologies.
Database giant Oracle Corporation has announced the general availability of its Blockchain Cloud Service, which has already been taken up by a number of organisations.
The Linux Foundation, the organisation that plays a role in financing the development of the Linux kernel, has welcomed Microsoft's acquisition of the source code repository, GitHub.
Republican members of the US Government's Committee on Energy and Commerce have sought information from the Linux Foundation on the open source software that is most critical to global information infrastructure and the sustainability and stability of the open source software ecosystem.
After the demise of the Ubuntu Phone, Linux users appear to be placing their hopes for a mobile device on the Librem 5, a smartphone that managed to raise much more than it asked for in a crowd-funding drive. The company behind it, Purism, has said that it hopes to have phones ready next year.
The extent of growth of the use of Linux is mirrored in the latest State of Linux report which says that the operating system runs 90% of public cloud workloads, 99% of supercomputers, and has 62% of the embedded market.
In what could well take the award for the most hypocritical tech statement of the year, Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin last week announced that 2017 was the year of the Linux desktop – while using a macOS machine for his presentation.
An open-source blockchain framework implementation known as Hyperledger Fabric, hosted by The Linux Foundation, has released version 1.0 for developing blockchain applications, products or solutions.
Data protection solutions provider Datto has appointed Markus Rex to the newly created role of open source expert.
Application network platform provider MuleSoft has joined the Linux Foundation's Open API Initiative (OAI).
The Linux Foundation has blocked access to an article on its website about what are claimed to be the legal risks posed by open source software after its publication came in for criticism by members of the FOSS community.
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