This news is definitely interesting for Linux users. The recent outage suffered by an organization called “The Linux Foundation” seems to indicate that the organization has had a hard time of things lately. The company is in the middle of what they are calling “a rebuild”. The news is that the organization has had issues with their server and they are currently trying to fix it.
The Linux Foundation is an organization that allows users to volunteer to maintain the Linux distribution that they are using. The foundation is funded by donations and users. The Linux Foundation has been around for a long time and is known for its work on various projects, including Red Hat, Canonical, and Canonical’s Ubuntu. The Linux Foundation is not a company, but rather an independent organization.
In fact, the Linux Foundation is a member of the United States government, and has recently been looking to get more government money to help fund this organization.
But the Linux Foundation has also been accused of accepting donations from companies such as Oracle, Microsoft, and Red Hat. This has led to some of the community members to question the Linux Foundation’s motives.
In response to the recent downtime, several members of the linux-kernel team took to Twitter to accuse the Linux Foundation of being a “company.” The Linux Foundation is one of the oldest and largest free and open source software organizations, and is well known for its work on GPL-licensed projects such as Debian and Ubuntu.
The Linux Foundation, in fact, is the reason I’m a Linux geek, so it’s not a surprise that they’ve been involved in the linux kernel since the days of the Free Software Movement. According to the Linux Kernel mailing list, the Linux Foundation has long been a proponent of Free Software and has been actively involved in efforts to encourage the development of open standards.
A great list of Linux kernel contributors is here.
While the Linux Foundation has been active in trying to promote the Linux kernel and open standards in general, the specific work of the Linux Kernel development team has been quite different. Instead of trying to create an open source kernel, the Linux Kernel development team has been trying to build a closed source kernel. One of the key differences is that a closed source kernel will always have a few bugs in it, and will require the user to install all sorts of additional software to get his or her kernel running.
There’s no real reason why a closed source kernel is not going to be more useful than a open source one. In the end, however, it is more valuable to build a kernel if you want (or want not) to try a new feature.
If you are using a Linux distribution that is not based on Debian, you are probably used to having your kernel updated and patched to the latest version every day. This is a pain to deal with. In fact, the most recent update is not always reliable. The latest version of a package can sometimes be updated from the repository, but then a new update can sometimes be updated in the wrong direction. When this happens, you have to manually reinstall the package. Not ideal.