Thursday, October 9, 2008

Untangle Joins Linux Foundation

Untangle, the open source software maker has officially joined the Linux Foundation. The Linux Foundation is a consortium that aims to promote adoption of the Linux operating system and collaboration between major Linux contributors.

The Linux Foundation was launched in 2007. It employs the famous Linus Torvalds, maintains the Linux Standard Base specification, and hosts Linux events.

"The Linux Foundation is funded by its members. Untangle has joined as a silver-ranking member, which means that its annual contribution is somewhere between $5,000 and $20,000. The specific amount of Untangle's annual contribution has not been disclosed. Other prominent silver members include Red Hat, Dell, Sun, DreamWorks, and Adobe.

Untangle's open source network gateway software is distributed under the General Public License and includes components for antivirus, spam blocking, intrusion prevention, and other security-related applications. The company's business model is built around support and sale of commercial add-ons.

The rate at which the Linux Foundation is gathering new corporate members is a pretty good indication that the organization still has relevance in the open source ecosystem. Other companies that have joined in the past few months include Canonical, CME, and Black Duck."

Source: Ars Technica, Boston, MA, USA

Related Links:
Linux Foundation
Linus Torvalds' Homepage (Outdated)
Linus Torvalds' Blog
Linus Torvalds' LinkedIn Profile

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