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[News] Canonical (Ubuntu) Gets Closer to the Kernel Community

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Canonical Joins The Linux Foundation

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| The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating 
| the growth of Linux, today announced that Canonical has become a member of 
| the Foundation.   


The Linux Kernel

Many refer Linux as an Operating System. Linux is not an Operating System.
GNU/Linux is.

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| Linux refers to the Kernel of an Operating System. Much like the brains that 
| control and interact with various hardware. The kernel systematically work in 
| the background ensuring that there are no hardware conflicts, resources are 
| effectively allocated and removed, and ensure that the hardware is able to 
| interact with the software. There are more intricate features that the kernel 
| do which I will not go into detail.      



VMware Joins the Linux Foundation

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| The Linux Foundation announced that VMware has become a member of the
| Foundation. The company joins existing Linux Foundation members and
| technology leaders such as Adobe, AMD, Dell, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, HP,
| IBM, Intel, Motorola, NEC, Novell, Oracle and Red Hat, among others.


A guide to the kernel development process

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| The purpose of this document is to help developers (and their managers) work
| with the development community with a minimum of frustration. It is an
| attempt to document how this community works in a way which is accessible to
| those who are not intimately familiar with Linux kernel development (or,
| indeed, free software development in general). While there is some technical
| material here, this is very much a process-oriented discussion which does not
| require a deep knowledge of kernel programming to understand.


5 things you didn’t know about linux kernel code metrics

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| I started with writing a small script that:
|    1. downloads a 2.6.0 kernel, analyzes it using SLOCCount written by David
|       Wheeler
|    2. patches to one step newer kernel and analyzes it using the same tool.
|    3. goes to number 2 until patches run out at 2.6.26
| Just in case I also used a different tool called cloc to analyze the same
| code. Word of comment on tools used is at the end of this post.
| This script ate 477MB of disk space with tarballs and bzipped patches.
| 1. The kernel has just reached 6 millions lines with 2.6.26!
| Linux kernel lines of code
| Linux kernel lines of code
| Yes, indeed, with 2.6.26 we’ve reached over 6 million lines of code. You can
| see that on the chart on the right (click for a normal size version).
| Both SLOCCount and CLOC show similar results. What is interesting here is
| that:
|     * there’s over a million of blank lines,
|     * and a million lines of comments (which are of course important too),
|     * the code shows a faster-than-linear growth characteristic,
|     * if current speed is maintained I predict we might get 7 million with
|       2.6.30 and 8 million with 2.6.33, just look at the forecast.


Jim Zemlin and the Linux Foundation: Looking after Linus

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| Linux Foundation was formed in 2007 by the merger of the Open Source
| Development Labs (OSDL) and the Free Standards Group (FSG), and sponsors
| Linus Torvalds financially so that he is free to focus on his altruistic,
| albeit commercially beneficial, task.
| Jim Zemlin, Linux Foundation's executive director, is the man charged with
| managing an organisation that appears to have only the noblest of goals – the
| betterment of open source software, for the good of all. As well as
| sponsoring Torvalds, its other aims include fostering standards around Linux,
| providing a fund to contest any legal issues and managing the Linux \
| trademark.



Linux Foundation End User Collaboration Summit

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| The Linux Foundation End User Collaboration Summit gathers the highest level
| key Linux maintainers and representatives of the development community to
| collaborate with senior IT representatives from the largest and most dynamic
| Linux users in the world.


New Linux Foundation Meeting for End-Users

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| The Linux Foundation has had several public meetings before, but they were
| really only for Linux developers and their best friends. Now, the Foundation
| is holding one for end-users: the Linux Foundation End User Collaboration
| Summit.


Feeling the heat at Microsoft

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| A couple of years ago you reiterated that IBM was Microsoft's biggest
| competitor and you said not just on the business side, but overall. If I ask
| you who is Microsoft's biggest competitor now, who would it be?
| Ballmer: Open...Linux. I don't want to say open source. Linux, certainly have
| to go with that. Perhaps Google on that layer, although frankly speaking,
| most of what we have there is upside. We're small and they're big. (With)
| most things, we're big and the other guy is small, so we have more to lose
| than gain. In this case, we have more to gain than to lose with Google.

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