Open Source Summit The body behind the world’s largest open source project has opened a European division.
Sometimes, attending a European fair, even virtually, can give you the slight feeling of being a supporting character, with the main act taking place in North America, usually some time in advance. So the launch of 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.
On stage to launch the new organization was Gabriele Columbro, who is also the head of the Fintech Open Source Foundation, FINOS, along with Phil Robb of Ericsson, Rob Oshana of NXP Semiconductors, Sachiko Muto of OpenForum Europe and Vasu Chandrasekhara of SAP.
Columbro took the time to talk the reg on the new organization. He told us that the Linux Foundation has “decades of experience managing the largest shared technology investment in the world and the largest open collaboration around.”
He added: “So we will create an advisory committee, but what we will do Not to do is to create a separate board of directors for LF Europe, because while we want to promote regional collaboration, we don’t want to create silos. “
The new organization will be a non-profit organization that will operate outside Belgium and will act as an entry point for the parent organization. “So if you join the Linux Foundation Europe, it means you can join the Linux Foundation as a separate agreement at no additional cost,” Columbro said.
As membership is a condition for starting a project under the governance of the Linux Foundation, this should simplify the process for European organizations. It will also support the new Open Wallet Foundation.
The Linux Foundation recently sponsored a study called “World of Open Source: Europe Spotlight 2022”, available for free. This notes:
Columbro said this was an important goal for LF Europe. “The report shows that the public sector is not actually capitalizing on open source and open collaboration.” LF Europe hopes to “bring all components of industry together and drive innovation”. ®