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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

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San Francisco, CA 94107

United States

Founded in 2007





Key Executives for The Linux Foundation

Vice President of Finance and Human Resources
Executive Director
Vice Chairman of Technical Advisory Board
Chief Revenue Officer
Chief Technology Officer
Age: 49
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2016.

The Linux Foundation Key Developments

The Linux Foundation's Open Compliance Initiative Releases New SPDX Specification

The SPDX Project, hosted by The Linux Foundation announced the release of version 2.1 of its Software Package Data Exchange (SPDX) specification. SPDX 2.1 standardizes the inclusion of additional data in generated files, as well as providing a syntax for accurate tagging of source files with SPDX license list identifiers. The SPDX specification helps facilitate compliance with free and open source software licenses by providing a uniform way license information is shared across the software supply chain. The effort unites more than 20 organizations -- software, systems and tool vendors, foundations and systems integrators -- to create a specification for software package data exchange formats. Key features in the SPDX 2.1 specification include: Snippets allow a portion of a file to be identified as having different properties from the file it resides within. The use of snippets is completely optional, and it is not mandatory for snippets to be identified; improvements in referencing external packages and repositories; users can now associate packages with security vulnerability databases as well as component repositories, such as npm, maven, bower, among others; and a new appendix has been added to explain how to use SPDX License List identifiers in source files. An increasing number of open source projects are adding these short identifiers to code, as they allow anyone to quickly scan a directory of files to identify the licenses included. SPDX license identifier tags also eliminate common mistakes based on scanning headers to conclude the license of a source file.

The Linux Foundation Announces New Appointments to its Executive Team

The Linux Foundation announced Chris Aniszczyk, Mark Hinkle and Nicko van Someren are joining the organization's executive leadership team. These additions represent some of the best talent from the open source community and technology industry and will help drive The Linux Foundation's mission to accelerate open development for the largest shared technology investments in history. Chris Aniszczyk brings more than 15 years experience as The Linux Foundation'svice president of Developer Programs. He is currently acting as interim executive director of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation and will work to evolve how the Linux Foundation engages new projects and supports the development of open source at scale. Mark Hinkle will drive marketing programs and community relations as vice president of marketing at The Linux Foundation. Previously, Hinkle was senior director, Open Source Solutions for Citrix where he managed their Open Source Business office and their involvement in the Apache CloudStack and Xen Project communities. Dr. Nicko van Someren is The Linux Foundation'schief technology officer. He will lead the Core Infrastructure Initiative as well as other Linux Foundation security-focused efforts. Dr. van Someren has extensive experience across the security and networking industries. Most recently, he was the chief technology officer of Good Technology where he oversaw future technology strategy and research.

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.

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