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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 Backs Open-Source Drone Projects

The Linux Foundation's Dronecode Project will develop a common, shared open source platform for drones. For better or worse, drones are big business. And while there are still some regulatory issues to be ironed out regarding commercial use in the U.S., that hasn't stopped the research and development on these unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). In an effort to accelerate adoption of better, more affordable, and more reliable open source software for UAVs, The Linux Foundation announced the Dronecode Project. With the help of founding members like 3D Robotics, Baidu, Box, Intel, Qualcomm, and more, the Dronecode Project will develop a common, shared open source platform for drones. Open source software and collaborative development are advancing technologies in the hottest, most cutting-edge areas. Dronecode includes the PX4 project and the APM/ArduPilot UAV software platform and associated code, which was previously hosted by 3D Robotics.

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.

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