Linux Foundation: Putin mandates for government Linux use by 2015

LinuxCon Europe is being held later this month in Prague as you may already know. In celebration of this fact, the Linux Foundation has this week welcomed seven new European members under its non-profit organisational umbrella, all of whom are apparently keen to “collaborate on advancing Linux” across industries and throughout Europe and the rest of the world.

According to the organisation’s publicity function, “Europe has been the birthplace for many open source software projects, including Linux. The development community in Europe remains strong with many of the top individual Linux kernel contributors based in the region and you can read details here in The Linux Foundation’s Who Writes Linux report, 2010.”

So to sum up the direction that this week’s new members are taking Linux in…

Codethink: This company is helping system integrators to harness the power of Linux and open source developer stacks in real-time and embedded projects for mobile, consumer electronics, automotive and industrial devices.

KeyPoint Technologies, based in the UK, hosts the open source community project OpenAdaptxt, which is a next-generation text input platform and standard.

Lanedo is a German-based software consultancy firm authoring and contributing to major open source projects such as NetworkManager, Tracker, WebKit, LibreOffice, GTK+ and GIMP.

Meinberg Funkuhren is a German-based developer and manufacturer of electronic devices and systems for time and frequency synchronisation and distribution.

Picochip is based in the UK and provides technology products that enable new types of cellular communications service. The company’s primary expertise is in the design of semiconductors for femtocells, which are low-cost cellular base stations for use in residential, enterprise, and rural and metropolitan environments.

Berne, Switzerland based Puzzle ITC provides individual software and systems projects, almost exclusively with open technologies and standards.

RPA RusBITech is located in Russia where government support for Linux is strong. According to the Linux Foundation, “Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has mandated that government will migrate to Linux and open source software by 2015.”

RPA RusBITech uses Linux and open source software to help manufacture complex training systems for a new generation of information and automation systems, decision support systems, domestic software general-purpose development and creation of information security and telecommunications.

So what have we learnt? Based on the work of these companies perhaps we can say that our keywords here for Linux development growth are:

• Embedded

• Industrial apps

• Communications

• User Interfaces