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  • Linux Foundation Announces Keynote and Session Lineup for MesosCon

    Users and developers in the Apache Mesos™ community will gather to share and learn about Mesos and related technologies

    SAN FRANCISCO, April 14, 2016The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced the lineup of keynote speakers and educational sessions for MesosCon, taking place June 1-2 in Denver, Colorado.

    MesosCon North America is an annual conference organized by the Apache Mesos community, bringing together users and developers to share and learn about the project and its growing ecosystem. The conference features two days of sessions to learn more about the Mesos core, an ecosystem developed around the project, and related technologies. The program will include workshops to get started with Mesos, keynote speakers from industry leaders, and sessions led by adopters and contributors.

    The keynote speakers headlining the event are:

    • Dr. Ken Birman, N. Rama Rao Professor of Computer Science, Cornell University

    • Matei Zaharia, CTO, Databricks,  creator of Apache Spark, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, MIT

    Event highlights include:

    • 50+ Sessions covering security, external storage, advanced performance features, and more

    • Talks from companies deploying Mesos  - including Netflix, Uber, Twitter and others

    • A track dedicated to frameworks

    • Plenty of added learning & collaboration opportunities through an evening reception, sponsor technical showcase, and Cisco-sponsored hackathon.

    The full schedule of sessions can be viewed at http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/mesoscon-north-america/program/schedule.

    MesosCon is made possible by support from Diamond Sponsors Intel and Mesosphere; Platinum Sponsors EMC{code} and Verizon Labs; Gold Sponsors Cisco and Dynatrace; and Silver Sponsors AVI Networks, Datadog, SignalFx and Sysdig.

    Registration is only $299 through April 22. Visit http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/mesoscon-north-america/attend/register to register.

    Additional Resources

    YouTube: The Linux Foundation Event Experience (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WUeelICQ2U)

    About The Linux Foundation

    The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world's top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and commercial adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org.

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  • Let’s Encrypt Leaves Beta

    New and renewing sponsors back Let’s Encrypt technology and its mission to encrypt 100 percent of the Web

    SAN FRANCISCO, April 12, 2016 — Let’s Encrypt, a free, automated and open Certificate Authority, today announced four new sponsors, several sponsorship renewals and that the technology is leaving beta. Launched in September 2015, Let’s Encrypt, which has issued over 1.7 million certificates for approximately 3.8 million websites, is pushing the Web much closer to 100 percent encryption to ensure private personal and business information cannot be intercepted, manipulated or stolen by attackers.

    In addition, Gemalto is joining as a new Gold sponsor, and HP Enterprise, Fastly, Duda, and ReliableSite.net are joining as Silver sponsors. Current members Akamai and Cisco, which have supported Let’s Encrypt from the beginning, are renewing as Platinum sponsorship for the project. This renewal is a three-year commitment from both companies.  

    A recent transparency report from Google found that many top websites still do not use HTTPS, which makes for a very vulnerable Web. Even though HTTPS is a basic security measure for web traffic, encryption has historically been out of reach to many businesses and individuals due to cost and complexity. Let's Encrypt eliminates these two barriers by offering individuals and companies the ability to install free certificates in seconds.

    “We were delighted that we’ve been able to grow so quickly during our first four months of general availability. We now have the experience and confidence to take the project out of beta,” said Josh Aas, Internet Security Research Group executive director. “We will continue to work on making the Web a safer place through free encryption. An increasingly broad set of industry stakeholders recognize how important it is to secure the Web through Let’s Encrypt. However, we still have a long way to go to deliver on our goal to encrypt 100 percent of all web sites.”

    Let’s Encrypt certificates are issued and managed via an entirely automated system in order to make the experience as simple and scalable as possible. Ease of use and scalability are essential if the entire Web is to be encrypted. Let’s Encrypt certificates are trusted by all major browsers due to cross-signatures from IdenTrust.

    More information about Let’s Encrypt’s progress can be found in this blog post

    The Let’s Encrypt project has gained tremendous operational experience and has worked closely with leading web service and hosting providers to ease the certification process. It has become extremely popular across the board, from small companies who found it cost prohibitive to update their sites to HTTPS to major hosting providers and content management solution providers that are focused on giving their users the most up-to-date security.

    Major Sponsors Invest in Let’s Encrypt and Secure Internet Connections

    "At Mozilla, we believe that security needs to be a fundamental part of the Web. That's why we helped to create Let's Encrypt,” said David Bryant, Vice President of Platform Engineering, Interim CTO at Mozilla. “We're pleased to see Let's Encrypt becoming a strong, independent operation, and we look forward to their help in moving the web toward 100% encryption."

    "We have been a part of Let’s Encrypt from the very beginning and are excited to see the tremendous growth of this certificate authority and quick uptake in the market,” said David Ward, CTO of Engineering and Chief Architect at Cisco Systems. “It is imperative that HTTPS becomes ubiquitous, and the cost and ease of Let’s Encrypt makes it so we are well on our way in getting there."

    “From the very beginning, Akamai has been committed to supporting Let’s Encrypt's vision of enabling greater use of SSL/TLS across the internet,” said Stephen Ludin, Chief Architect at Akamai Technologies. “This milestone is confirmation of Let’s Encrypt's ability to execute on that vision and have a tremendous impact to the Internet ecosystem.”

    “We’re very proud to be a Gold Sponsor for Let’s Encrypt which leverages our industry-leading hardware security modules to protect their certificate authority system,” said Todd Moore, Vice   President of Encryption Product Management at Gemalto. “Encryption by default is critical to privacy and security, and by working with Let’s Encrypt Gemalto is helping to deliver trust for the digital services that billions of people use every day.”

    Additional Resources 

    About Let’s Encrypt  

    Let's Encrypt is a free, automated, and open certificate authority brought to you by the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG). As the non-profit entity behind Let’s Encrypt, ISRG is a project at The Linux Foundation.

    Backed by industry leaders and open to all, Let’s Encrypt’s mission is to encrypt the Web. Major sponsors include Akamai, Cisco, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Facebook, Google Chrome, Internet Society (ISOC), OVH.com and many others. A growing community provides subscriber support and software development.

    To get involved go here: https://letsencrypt.org/getinvolved/. To become a corporate sponsor contact sponsor@letsencrypt.org.

    Linux Foundation projects harness the power of collaborative development to fuel innovation across industries and ecosystems. www.linuxfoundation.org.

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  • The Linux Foundation Launches First Linux-Based Civil Infrastructure Project

    Civil Infrastructure Platform to provide software building blocks that support reliable transportation, power, oil and gas, and health care infrastructure

     

    SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Embedded Linux Conference) – April 4, 2016 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced the Civil Infrastructure Platform (CIP), an open source framework that will provide the software foundation needed to deliver essential services for civil infrastructure and economic development on a global scale. Early supporters of CIP include Codethink, Hitachi, Plat'Home, Siemens and Toshiba.

    Civil infrastructure systems deliver critical services that are considered the lifelines of society: electric power, oil and gas, water, health care, communications, transportation and more. A 2014 PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report estimated the annual global infrastructure demand is $4 trillion and will climb to nearly $9 trillion by 2025 due to the rapid growth of emerging markets. Countries like Brazil, China, and Japan, for example, are experiencing accelerated rates of growth in civil infrastructure projects to match the pace of production and trade with other countries around the world. Without an open source software platform leveraged across these multinational projects, infrastructure development faces duplication of effort, loss of development time, fragmentation and interoperability issues across other civil infrastructure systems.

    “Linux and open source software can accelerate innovation, enable interoperability and transform technology and business economics for an industry. The Civil Infrastructure Platform is a great example of this opportunity,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director, The Linux Foundation. “Through collaboration and open source development, developers will be able to build the common framework that will support some of society’s most important functions for decades to come.”

    The Civil Infrastructure Platform will aim to work upstream with the Linux kernel and other open source projects to establish a “base layer” of industrial-grade software. This base layer will enable the use of software building blocks that meet safety, security, reliability and other requirements that are critical to industrial and civil infrastructure projects. As an open source software project built collaboratively across industries, the platform will address major challenges civil infrastructure projects face:

    • Speed: As an open source solution, CIP enables engineers to save time building foundational elements shared across civil infrastructure projects both small and large;
    • Cost: By developing CIP as an open source project, the development costs are shared and controlled by thousands of developers;
    • Interoperability: CIP provides an open framework that integrates existing standards to support plug and play based system designs;
    • Reliability: Based on Linux, CIP will provide a robust software base for system designs;
    • Security and Safety: CIP will provide a software foundation that enables secure and safe delivery of critical services like power, gas, and water, even in times of disaster;
    • Sustainability: The initial focus of CIP will help establish a long-term maintenance infrastructure for selected open source components, accounting for product life cycles of 10-60 years. To achieve this, CIP members will collaborate on agreed-upon areas required to meet civil infrastructure systems’ requirements.

    Comments from early supporters
    Hitachi

    "Hitachi's mission is to contribute to society through the development of superior, original technology and products. Thus, Hitachi has a long history of contributions that help provide society’s infrastructure such as power, water, urban and transport systems which require both safety and reliability. The aim of the Civil Infrastructure Platform (CIP) is to provide a platform which satisfies these needs, and we believe that it will become a common, global platform through which we can achieve an even more comfortable and efficient society," said Masaaki Iwasaki, laboratory manager of the OSS Technology Laboratory in the Research and Development Group of Hitachi, Ltd.

    Siemens
    “As a global leader in technology for products and solutions that drive our world's infrastructure, Siemens is committed to address future challenges of digitalization by providing and supporting long-lived, robust and industrial-strength solutions,” said Marquart Franz, senior principal key expert for IT platforms at Siemens Corporate Technology. “With ever-increasing software intensity of our systems, partnering and open source development are necessary to ensure high quality core components based on IT technology. CIP will help us focus on these challenges.”

    Toshiba
    "We are committed to creating a secure, reliable and maintainable software platform for infrastructure systems by leading and contributing to CIP as a key member," said Shigeyoshi Shimotsuji, executive vice president of Industrial ICT Solutions Company, Toshiba Corporation. "Collaborative open source development is the best way to not only overcome common issues but also to lead innovation for the future. Toshiba believes that CIP will become an essential software platform to improve our life."

    Yoshitake Kobayashi of Toshiba Corporation and Urs Gleim of Siemens AG will represent the project by presenting an overview talk of CIP at Embedded Linux Conference on Tuesday, April 5 at 9:00 am PT.

    CIP is an independently funded software project hosted by The Linux Foundation. The Linux Foundation’s projects span the enterprise, mobile, embedded and life sciences markets and are backed by many of the largest names in technology. For more information, please visit: http://collabprojects.linuxfoundation.org/ or https://www.cip-project.org/.

    About The Linux Foundation
    The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world's top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and commercial adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org.

     

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  • Open Source Blockchain Effort for the Enterprise Elects Leadership Positions and Gains New Investments

     Hyperledger Project Board of Directors and Technical Steering Committee chair elected; new member investments underscore demand for open source blockchain platform development 

    LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Collaboration Summit – March 29, 2016 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today is announcing the Hyperledger Project has filled key leadership positions and is welcoming new members. The Hyperledger Project is a collaborative effort to establish, build and sustain an open, distributed ledger platform that will satisfy a variety of use cases across multiple industries.

    The results of the Board of Directors and Technical Steering Committee elections for the Hyperledger Project include the following:

    • Technical Steering Committee Chair: Chris Ferris, distinguished engineer and CTO of open technology at IBM
    • Technical Steering Committee members include: Tamás Blummer, Digital Asset Holdings; Mic Bowman, Intel; Richard Brown, R3; Stanislav Liberman, CME Group; Hart Montgomery, Fujitsu; Satoshi Oshima, Hitachi; Stefan Teis, Deutsche Börse; Emmanuel Viale, Accenture; Pardha Vishnumolakala, DTCC; and David Voell, J.P. Morgan.
    • Board Chair: Blythe Masters, CEO of Digital Asset Holdings
    • Governing Board members: Charles Cascarilla, CEO, itBit; Toshiya Cho, Hitachi; Jerry Cuomo, IBM; Chris Ferris, IBM; Dirk Hohndel, Intel; Todd McDonald, cofounder and COO, R3; Robert Palatnick, DTCC; Kireeti Reddy, CME Group; Stefan Teis, Deutsche Börse; Dave Treat, Accenture; Yoshinobu Sawano, Fujitsu; Santiago Suarez, J.P. Morgan; and Craig Young, CTO, SWIFT. itBit’s Cascarilla and SWIFT’s Young are newly elected board representatives since the formation in December 2015.

    These appointments are made by member vote. The TSC drives technical direction of the Hyperledger Project, while the Governing Board manages business direction, including governance, marketing and operational decisions.

    The Hyperledger Project today is also announcing ten new companies are joining the effort and investing in the future of an open blockchain ledger: Blockstream, Bloq, eVue Digital Labs, Gem, itBit, Milligan Partners, Montran Labs, Ribbit.me, Tequa Creek Holdings and Thomson Reuters.

    “There is no other effort advancing an open blockchain with this level of broad industry representation and level of leadership,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. “The Hyperledger Project is among our fastest growing projects at The Linux Foundation. The opportunity is great. This leadership team and the community investments among members across industries put the project in the best position possible to accomplish its mission.”

    Peer-to-peer in nature, distributed ledger technology is shared, transparent and decentralized, making it ideal for application in finance and countless other areas such as manufacturing, banking, insurance and the Internet of Things. Research reports estimate that the investment in blockchain by financial institutions alone will grow to $400 million by 2019 (see: Aite Group Blockchain Players in Capital Markets: Where Are the Pioneers Headed?, 2015). By creating a cross-industry open standard for distributed ledgers, virtually any digital exchange with value, such as real estate contracts, energy trades, marriage licenses, can securely and cost-effectively be tracked and traded.

    “The Hyperledger Project is gaining traction on a daily basis, displaying how vital this effort is in advancing distributed ledger technology,” said Blythe Masters, CEO of Digital Asset Holdings and Board chair for the Hyperledger Project. “Uniting the industry to drive this initiative forward is paramount to the success of distributed ledger technology. The Linux Foundation and its members are collaborating on an open source infrastructure that will increase privacy and scalability, among many other benefits.” 

    “These member investments demonstrate that blockchain technology continues to grow in importance as the alternative approach to multinational business transactions,” said Chris Ferris, IBM Distinguished Engineer, CTO Open Technology, and Technical Steering Committee chair, Hyperledger Project. “By providing a community for members to collaborate and contribute to an open source blockchain solution, we’re able to advance the technology collectively and ultimately drive quicker adoption and higher value across industries.”

    Comments from new Hyperledger members

    Blockstream
    "Blockchain technology is at the bleeding edge of computer science and ushers in a new paradigm of programmable trust,” said Dr. Adam Back, president of Blockstream. "We’re excited to offer our operational blockchain experience and collaborate with members of the Hyperledger Project to advance new applications of open ledger technology."

    Bloq
    “Blockchain technology impacts every aspect of business – commerce, trading, security, to name a few,” said Matthew Roszak, co-founder, Bloq. “By developing this critical technology in an open source community, we’re able to collaborate, innovate and advance the technology to meet growing enterprise demands.”

    eVue Digital Labs
    “We understand the importance of uniting industry leaders to advance a technology forward,” said Bryce Weiner, chief operating officer, eVue Digital Labs. “eVue is extremely excited to collaborate with other Hyperledger Project members and contribute to this open source community.”

    Gem
    “Here at Gem, we understand the critical importance of establishing trust and transparency in the Blockchain economy,” said Micah Winkelspecht, founder and CEO, Gem. “We’re excited to collaborate with members of the Hyperledger Project to accelerate the open source, decentralized technology needed for industry-wide adoption.”

    itBit
    “As a financial services company that provides blockchain-based solutions, we understand the technology gaps that need to be filled to ensure enterprise demands are met,” said Charles Cascarilla, itBit's co-founder and CEO. “Open source projects like the Hyperledger Project unite the world’s leading companies to address critical needs and advance a technology for greater adoption.”

    Milligan Partners
    “We’re eager to help standardize Blockchain technology by joining the Hyperledger Project,” said Matt Milligan, managing partner, Milligan Partners. “We understand the importance of collaborative development to overcome interoperability challenges in tolling operations, and we look forward to working together with project members from other disciplines.”

    Montran Labs
    "Secured, shared and transparent digital ledger systems are at the core of what we do,” said Alexandar Esca, director, Montran Labs. “Collaborating with other companies who are paving the way for blockchain-based technologies allows us to innovate in a way we couldn’t achieve working within our company walls.” 

    Ribbit.me
    “Blockchain is essential to Ribbit.me’s business,” said Gregory Simon, CEO and co-founder, Ribbit.me. “It was a natural step for us to join the Hyperledger Project to help advance this critical technology.” 

    Tequa Creek Holdings
    “In the future, as multiple companies rapidly collaborate to solve customer problems, providing decentralized provability of transactions between these partners is essential for them to trust each other,” said Robin Bayer, general manager, Tequa Creek Holdings. “We’re excited to be part of this open source community and contribute to the development of leading edge blockchain technologies.”

    Thomson Reuters
    “We’re excited about our partnership with the Hyperledger Project and collaborating with other members to accelerate deeper collaboration and a shared vision for the evolving blockchain technology and its applications in financial services, government, and enterprises,” said Bob Schukai, head of applied innovation, Thomson Reuters.

    For more information about the Hyperledger Project, please visit: https://www.hyperledger.org/ 

    About The Linux Foundation
    The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world's top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and commercial adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found atwww.linuxfoundation.org.

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  • Linux Foundation Welcomes IT Security Leader Symantec as Gold Member

    Cybersecurity firm deepens its commitment to collaborative development and looks to contribute its security expertise across Linux Foundation projects and initiatives 

    LAKE TAHOE, Calif. - The Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit - March 29, 2016The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today is announcing Symantec is becoming a Gold Member. Gold membership is the second-highest membership tier at The Linux Foundation and demonstrates a significant commitment and investment in open source and collaborative development.

    Symantec has demonstrated a strong commitment to open source development through its investments across The Linux Foundation’s Collaborative Projects including the AllSeen Alliance and the Open Container Initiative. By becoming a Gold member, Symantec will lend its experience building cybersecurity and threat protection solutions for enterprise customers to The Linux Foundation and open source community. 

    Open source software has become the default approach for end users and enterprises (2015 Future of Open Source Survey) to build the world’s most critical technologies. As this rate of adoption climbs, so does the need for formal open source policies including management of security and compliance risks. The Linux Foundation Collaborative Projects unite thousands of developers across hundreds of companies to develop enterprise-grade software deployments with security capabilities – fine-grained access control and security auditing and encryption – at the forefront of development. 

    “Symantec has built a reputation on its ability to consider and address security threats for our customers,” Steve Hallett, vice president, cloud platform engineering, Symantec. “We also understand the growing role of open source software across today’s enterprise customers, so it is a natural evolution for us to contribute and collaborate with other members of The Linux Foundation and its projects.”

    “Open source software has the ability to unite stakeholders across industries and advance shared technology investments,” Jim Zemlin, executive director, The Linux Foundation. “Security is a critical concern for any open source project, so to have one of the world’s leading cybersecurity experts join The Linux Foundation is extremely valuable.” 

    Existing Gold members of The Linux Foundation include Cisco, Citrix, eBay, Electronics and Telecommunications Institute (ETRI), Google, Hitachi, Mazda, NetApp, Panasonic, PLUMgrid, Renesas, SR Tech Labs, SUSE, Toshiba, Toyota and Verizon Terremark. The full roster of The Linux Foundation’s members can be accessed here: https://www.linuxfoundation.org/about/members.

    About The Linux Foundation

    The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world's top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and commercial adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org

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    The Linux Foundation and Linux Standard Base are trademarks of The Linux Foundation. Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds.



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