DUBLIN: LINUXCON EUROPE is underway in Dublin and the first morning has seen a slew of announcements from hosts, the Linux Foundation.
Jim Zemlin, chief executive of the Foundation, said in his opening remarks that this year's opening day falls on the 24th anniversary of Linux itself and the 30th of the Free Software Foundation, giving credit to delegates for their part in the success of both.
He also noted that research conducted into the value of the Linux codebase has shown that in the past few years the code has been worth over $5bn.
As part of the launch he also made three key announcements. Firstly, a workgroup is being created to standardise the future of the software supply chain. The Openchain workgroup is centred on creating best practices to ease compliance for open source developers and companies.
In doing so it is hoped that cost and duplication of effort can be reduced significantly, and in doing so ease friction points in the supply chain. The workgroup's founder members include ARM, Cisco, NexB, Qualcomm, SanDisk and Wind River.
By providing a baseline process, which can then be customised according to customer need, Linux developers will have a basis for monitoring and developing compliance programmes.
Existing best practices such as Debian and the Software Package Data Exchange will be used as foundations for the framework.
The second announcement involves an acceleration to the process of real-time Linux development. the Real-Time Linux Collaborative Project will bring together industry leaders and thinkers to advance the type of tech that is crucial for areas such as robotics, telecom, manufacturing, aviation and medical industries.
Two of this morning's keynotes centred around the ideas of real-time Linux. Sean Gauley, founder of big data analysts Quid, talked about the $300m spent on a new London to New York undersea cable to cut just five milliseconds off data speed, coupled with the seven minutes of downtime the New York Stock Exchange has to suffer while humans crunch the impact of a Treasury announcement.
The Real-Time Linux Collaborative Project brings together organisations as diverse as Google, Texas Instruments, Intel, ARM and Altera.
Thomas Gleixner of the Open Source Automation Development Lab has been made a Linux Foundation fellow in order to lead the process of integrating real-time code into the main Linux kernel, which Zemlin joked would be finished within six months.
In reality this is a long-term goal, albeit a highly achievable one that could revolutionise a number of key industries.
Finally, FOSSology, the open source licence compliance software project and toolkit founded by HP in 2007, is moving home to become part of the Linux Foundation. With it comes FOSSology 3.0, due for release this week.
"As Linux and open source have become the primary building blocks for creating today’s most innovative technologies, projects like FOSSology are more relevant than ever," said Zemlin.
"FOSSology’s proven track record for improving efficiency in licence compliance is the perfect complement to a suite of open compliance initiatives hosted at the Linux Foundation. This work is among the most important that we all do."
FOSSology allows companies to run licence and copyright scans in a single click, and generate a Software Package Data Exchange, or readme file.
By moving the project to the Linux Foundation, the toolkit is kept in neutral hands alongside other initiatives such as the Core Infrastructure Initiative, the Open Container Project and Dronecode.
Dronecode's Loenz Meier spoke alongside Tully Foote of the Open Source Robotics Foundation about their quest to "take back" the term 'drone' from its negative military connotations.
The team, whose work in Switzerland dates back to "when they were still called model aircraft", included information about Mavlink, the self-styled 'HTML for drones', and Robot Operating System, a meta operating system for autonomous devices.
The team has been concentrating primarily on using telemetry data to allow drones to navigate around objects, in a similar way to that being achieved by Google's self-driving cars.
LinuxCon Europe runs until Wednesday, bringing together representatives from back bedroom developers to giant corporations like Facebook, all sharing a common goal to nurture the community which approaches its quarter century primed to take over even more aspects of our everyday lives - quiet, unassuming but always there.
Speakers this year include people from Suse, Red Hat, Google, Raspberry Pi and the godfather of Linux, Linus Torvalds.
The INQUIRER will be talking tomorrow to some top bods from the Linux community. So early to bed for us tonight and absolutely no Guinness. µ
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