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Company Overview of The Linux Foundation

Company Overview

The Linux Foundation promotes, protects, and standardizes Linux by hosting important workgroups, events, and online resources. It offers Linux marketing, compliance training and consulting, and strategy consulting services; corporate, custom, government, and academic Linux training solutions; and FOSS Bar Code Tracker that enables product development teams to create FOSS bill of materials, identify FOSS components, and update and share critical information during the supply chain for compliance purposes. The Linux Foundation was formerly known as Free Standards Group. The company was founded in 2007 and is based in San Francisco, California with an additional office in Tokyo, Japan. It also ...

1796 18th Street

Suite C

San Francisco, CA 94107

United States

Founded in 2007

Phone:

415-723-9709

Fax:

415-723-9709

Key Executives for The Linux Foundation

Vice President of Finance and Human Resources
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Technology Officer and Vice Chairman of Technical Advisory Board
Executive Director
Chief Revenue Officer
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

The Linux Foundation Key Developments

Linux Foundation Expands Management Team

The Linux Foundation announced the addition of industry veterans Steve Westmoreland, Laura Kempke, Philip DesAutles and Russell Farnell to its team. The Linux Foundation is experiencing steady growth due to the increased use of Linux, open source software and collaborative development to advance technology. The new leaders will help the organization continue its position as a primary destination for open source software projects, large-scale collaboration and open source ecosystem development. The additions to the existing Linux Foundation team include: Philip DesAutels, Senior Director of IoT and Leader of the AllSeen Alliance. DesAutels will be working with members of The Linux Foundation's Collaborative Project, the AllSeen Alliance, to define strategic direction and execution for the world's large open source effort to advance IoT. DesAutels was most recently CTO of LogMeIn's Internet of Things Platform, where he was responsible for business strategy, technology roadmap and the launch of the Xively product. Laura Kempke, Vice President of Collaborative Projects Operations and Marketing. Kempke joins The Linux Foundation from MSLGROUP, a communications firm within Publicis Groupe and a top five public relations agency, where she was a senior vice president in the Boston office. In this position she was responsible for setting PR and content marketing strategy for technology and life sciences clients. Russell Farnell, Vice President of Finance and Human Resources. Farnell is responsible for overseeing finance, human resources and operations at The Linux Foundation. He comes to the organization with more than 20 years of finance and accounting experience working at a number of organizations in the marketing industry. Most recently, he worked at the digital marketing agency, AKQA, where he ran US finance and operations. Steve Westmoreland, Chief Information Officer. Westmoreland will oversee IT operations for The Linux Foundation and its Collaborative Projects. He brings more than 30 years of experience in leadership positions developing and deploying information technologies for companies such as VA Linux Systems, Vicor/FIS, Wells Fargo and Bank of America, among others.

The Linux Foundation Backs Open-Source Drone Projects

The Linux Foundation's Dronecode Project will develop a common, shared open source platform for drones. For better or worse, drones are big business. And while there are still some regulatory issues to be ironed out regarding commercial use in the U.S., that hasn't stopped the research and development on these unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). In an effort to accelerate adoption of better, more affordable, and more reliable open source software for UAVs, The Linux Foundation announced the Dronecode Project. With the help of founding members like 3D Robotics, Baidu, Box, Intel, Qualcomm, and more, the Dronecode Project will develop a common, shared open source platform for drones. Open source software and collaborative development are advancing technologies in the hottest, most cutting-edge areas. Dronecode includes the PX4 project and the APM/ArduPilot UAV software platform and associated code, which was previously hosted by 3D Robotics.

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