Linux Foundation summit explores kernel and application development, GPL

by Andy Oram

The Linux Foundation--the new organization formed this year from the merger of Open Source Development Labs and the Free Standards Group--is holding a summit this week at the main Google campus.

I think we can already call the summit a success, and an indication of the Linux Foundation's acceptance by its community, just on the basis of the many busy, well-known people who chose to show up. It was a great place to make connections among both speakers and attendees.

The first day was a pretty public affair, with an audience of 200 that included journalists, so the discussions were basically polite and stuck to acceptable debates such as how to recruit more developers. I could not, unfortunately, attend the sessions later in the week where (to use Executive Director Jim Zemlin's metaphor) the sausage would be made. But some interesting points came up anyway.