The Linux Foundation's Collaboration Summit: A Recap

by Sam Dean - Apr. 13, 2011Comments (1)

Last week, The Linux Foundation held its 5th Annual Linux Collaboration Summit which included a number of events and announcements. A new  High Availability working group was formed, the Carrier Grade Linux 5.0 specification was released, a 20th Anniversary Video Contest was unveiled, and Yocto Project Release 1.0 became available. Here are the details.

You can read about the foundation's celebration of 20 years of Linux here, and watch a video on the story of Linux, produced by the foundation, here. The release of Yocto Project 1.0 was one of the big events at the summit. It's worth reading about here. The Yocto Project is an open source collaboration project that provides templates, tools and methods to help you create custom Linux-based systems for embedded products regardless of the hardware architecture. According to the project's community:

"Why use the Yocto Project? It's a complete embedded Linux development environment with tools, metadata, and documentation - everything you need. The free tools are easy to get started with, powerful to work with (including emulation environments, debuggers, an Application Toolkit Generator, etc.) and they allow projects to be carried forward over time without causing you to lose optimizations and investments made during the project’s prototype phase. The Yocto Project fosters community adoption of this open source technology allowing its users to focus on their specific product features and development."

The release of the Carrier Grade Linux 5.0 specification (CGL) also grabbed many headlines. It's aimed at allowing telecom service providers to more easily handle many types of content, including multimedia content. According to the foundation:

"The Linux Foundation’s CGL workgroup has been collaborating on CGL gaps and requirements since 2002, and today’s release of CGL 5.0 covers several specification categories that include Availability, Clustering, Serviceability, Performance, Standards, Hardware, and Security. Also, a number of requirements have been dropped from the specification due to the mass adoption and ubiquity of CGL and its inclusion in the mainline Linux kernel, which allows these specifications to become consistent fixtures across distributions."

We also covered The Linux Foundation's 20th Anniversary video contest here. The winner of the contest will be revealed at LinuxCon in Vancouver August 17-19, 2011.If you've got a good video idea in mind, you can submit your video here:

The Linux Foundation's Collaboration Summits are becoming more productive than ever and it's worth looking into the announcements compiled in this post. You can find much more on the latest summit here.

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