The Linux Foundation Gets New Entrants; Focus Laid on Greater Innovation Driven by Open Source

By CIOReview | Wednesday, December 16, 2015
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FREMONT, CA: By supporting the Linux development community and fostering collaboration on a massive scale, the Linux Foundation unites thousands of curious minds in the free and open exchange of ideas to make the future better. Driving open innovation on a global scale, the non-profit open source organization welcomes three new silver members: Autodesk, Concurrent Computer Corporation, and DataKinetics.

Reasons to be a Member of the Linux Foundation

There are many reasons for companies to be an active member of the platform. In addition to contributing towards growth of the platform of open-source innovation, the members are entitled to get various benefits. As a member, they have the ability to participate in member only events like Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit and Member Legal Summit and to learn, influence and participate with Linux Foundation workgroups. Further, they get the right to vote and run for Linux Foundation board seat and influence the direction of the organization.

Apart from various rights, the members have better networking opportunities, a unique introductions service and the provision to meet other Linux Foundation members and Linux users in small settings or get introduced to companies in a one-on-one fashion by Linux Foundation staff. 

The Linux Foundation reaches 2 million users and developers a month through its web properties, social networks, and newsletters. Members are directly introduced to these audiences to exchange ideas and drive innovation.

Overview of the New Members

Autodesk

A provider of 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, Autodesk continues to develop the broadest portfolio of 3D software for global markets. Customers across verticals including manufacturing, architecture, building, construction, and media and entertainment leverage Autodesk software to design, visualize, and simulate their ideas before they're ever built or created. From blockbuster visual effects and buildings that create their own energy, to electric cars and the batteries that power them, the work of their 3D software customers is everywhere. Being a member of the Linux Foundation, the company can contribute in bringing new innovation in the open source arena using 3D technology.

"Autodesk has been working to democratize access to design and fabrication software as part of our effort to support the newly emerging future of making things. Open source is an important component of this effort, and we're excited to join the Linux Foundation to accelerate our participation in this critical ecosystem," says Guy Martin, Director, Open Source Strategy, Autodesk.

Concurrent Computer Corporation

To drive the next wave of growth in a broad array of industries, Concurrent, a software and solution company, contributes in developing new and innovative solutions based on core Linux, storage, and computing expertise. As open source software becomes an important part of customer’s technology stack, the company is finding new opportunities to deliver unique value by combining the advantages of their own solutions with the power of community driven software.  By joining The Linux Foundation and collaborating with other creative heads from a wide range of industries, Concurrent plans to expand its reach and offerings.

DataKinetics

Being a provider of data performance and optimization solutions, the company understands the unique challenges and critical need for scalable solutions. As a member of The Linux Foundation and the Open Mainframe Project, DataKinetics plans to contribute to the future technologies that will serve the needs of the industry and customers.

“Open source has become the de facto way to create software. The Linux Foundation provides a neutral home for organizations to develop technology at scale and at a rate that can’t be matched working on their own. We’re excited to welcome these members to our organization as we enter another exciting year of collaboration,” says Jim Zemlin, executive director, The Linux Foundation.