THE LINUX FOUNDATION has announced that Samsung has become a platinum sponsor, joining other Linux heavyweights such as Intel and IBM.
Samsung was previously listed as a silver sponsor of the Linux Foundation, an organisation that promotes the use, development and deployment of Linux and consists of just about every technology company of note except Microsoft. Now Samsung has upgraded its membership to become a platinum partner, paying $500,000 per year for the privilege of having some say in how what is arguably the most important operating system kernel in use today evolves.
It isn't completely clear what Samsung is getting for its money but the Linux Foundation said, "By becoming a Platinum member of The Linux Foundation, Samsung is assuming a leadership role in a vast collaborative development ecosystem that will benefit their business for decades to come. We look forward to a much closer relationship with Samsung and its developers and will increase activities that bring more developers to Korea to enhance collaboration from this talented group."
Other platinum members include Intel, IBM, Oracle, NEC, Fujitsu and Qualcomm, all of which contribute significant amount of code to the Linux kernel. IBM in particular has been vocal about its support of Linux for well over a decade and even Oracle promotes its brand of Linux alongside its Solaris operating system.
The Linux Foundation said Samsung has been interested in Linux for some time. "Over the last few years, but intensely over the last six months, The Linux Foundation and Samsung have had strong collaborative sessions on how the company can get the most out of Linux to lower its development and ongoing maintenance costs. Samsung uses the Linux kernel and Linux-based products throughout its product line, from TVs to phones to home appliances and more, and wants to maximize that investment," said the organisation.
Samsung's interest in Linux is likely to mean that its consumer devices will increasingly feature Linux-based operating systems. Although the firm is known for its Android smartphones, Linux can run on everything from wristwatches to steamships, all products that Samsung makes. µ