Linux Foundation establishes European division • The Register

Open Source Summit The board behind the world’s largest open source project has opened a European division.

Sometimes attending a European trade show – even virtually – can give you a slight feeling of being a supporting actor, with the main act usually taking place some time earlier in North America. So the begin the Linux Foundation Europe in Dublin last week was a welcome change. After all, the Linux kernel itself was originally a European project by a member of Finland’s Swedish-speaking minority.

The starting signal for the new organization was on the stage Gabrielle Kolumbrowho is also head of the Fintech Open Source Foundation, FINOSalong with Ericsson’s Phil Robb, Rob Oshana from NXP Semiconductors, Sachiko Muto from OpenForum Europe and Vasu Chandrasekhara from SAP.

Columbro took the time to talk to him the reg about the new organization. He told us the Linux Foundation has “decades of experience conducting the largest joint technology investment in the world and the largest open collaboration out there.”

He added: “So we’re going to set up an advisory board, but whatever we want Not We need to set up a separate board for LF Europe because while we want to encourage regional collaboration, we don’t want to create silos.”

The new organization will be a non-profit organization operating out of Belgium and acting as an access point to the parent organisation. “So when you join the Linux Foundation Europe, it means you can join the Linux Foundation as a separate agreement at no additional cost,” Columbro said.

Since membership is a condition of launching a project under the Linux Foundation’s governance, this should simplify the process for European organizations. It is also supported the new Open Wallet Foundation.

The Linux Foundation recently sponsored a study called World of Open Source: Europe Spotlight 2022 available for free. This states:

Columbro said this is an important goal for LF Europe. “The report shows that the public sector really does not benefit from open source and open collaboration.” LF Europe hopes to “bring all industry players together and drive innovation”. ®

https://www.theregister.com/2022/09/20/linux_foundation_europe/ Linux Foundation establishes European division • The Register

Laura Coffey

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