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Company Overview of The Linux Foundation

Company Overview

The Linux Foundation promotes, protects, and standardizes Linux by hosting important workgroups, events, and online resources. It offers Linux marketing, compliance training and consulting, and strategy consulting services; corporate, custom, government, and academic Linux training solutions; and FOSS Bar Code Tracker that enables product development teams to create FOSS bill of materials, identify FOSS components, and update and share critical information during the supply chain for compliance purposes. The Linux Foundation was formerly known as Free Standards Group. The company was founded in 2007 and is based in San Francisco, California with an additional office in Tokyo, Japan. It also ...

1796 18th Street

Suite C

San Francisco, CA 94107

United States

Founded in 2007

Phone:

415-723-9709

Fax:

415-723-9709

Key Executives for The Linux Foundation

Chief Operating Officer
Chief Technology Officer and Vice Chairman of Technical Advisory Board
Executive Director
Director of Communications & Community
Vice President of Business Development
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

The Linux Foundation Key Developments

The Linux Foundation Releases Secure Boot Loader

The Linux Foundation announced that freeing the way for independent Linux distributions to be installed on Windows 8 computers, the Linux Foundation has released software that will allow Linux to work with computers running the UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) firmware. The Linux Foundation Secure Boot System solves a fundamental problem for many Linux distributions, by providing a way for a Linux-based OS to run on new hardware controlled by UEFI firmware, also known as "secure boot" technology. As a potential replacement to the long-used BIOS firmware, UEFI is an industry initiative to secure computers against malware by designing the computer's firmware to require a trusted key before booting the operating system, or any hardware inside the computer, such as a graphics card. UEFI would provide a foundation for a chain of trust that would connect all the way up to the software layer, which could thwart attempts to install illicit, and harmful, software on computers. The latest releases of many major Linux distributions now include a bootloader or a shim of some sort to work with UEFI, including Ubuntu 12.10 and Fedora 18. This UEFI requirement, however, has been seen as a roadblock for those who like to create their own distributions of Linux. The Linux Foundation bootloader provides a hash code, certified by Microsoft, and support infrastructure to boot a generic Linux kernel.

The Linux Foundation Releases Version 1.1 of its Software Package Data Exchange Standard

The SPDX workgroup, hosted by The Linux Foundation announced the release of version 1.1 of its Software Package Data Exchange (SPDX(TM)) standard, which includes new features and an expanded list of licenses that is being adopted by the Open Source Initiative (OSI) and other organizations. These updates further reduce redundant work by providing a common format for companies and communities to share important data about software license and copyrights, thereby streamlining and improving compliance. The workgroup is also announcing new open source tools that automate the standard, as well as the workgroup's adoption of the CCO Universal Public Domain Dedication license. This license was chosen based on feedback from users of the SPDX standard and encourages the creation and sharing of SPDX data worldwide by ensuring that data compiled in an SPDX file is freely licensed under intellectual property rights regardless of jurisdiction and that the data is provided without any warranties or other liabilities. Based on the feedback from early adopters of SPDX, the following enhancements have been made for SPDX 1.1: optional fields for including license names and cross references to license sites, new comment fields added to capture important facts in the document, license, and file sections and web access to license data, allowing other websites and tools real-time access to the most current information.

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