Samsung Throws Its Support behind The Linux Foundation
Article by George Norman
On 06 Jun 2012
Samsung, the multinational conglomerate company behind the Galaxy S3 and other electronic devices, decided to support The Linux Foundation at the highest level.

On Tuesday, May 5th, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of the Linux operating system announced that Samsung joined The Linux Foundation at the Platinum level, which is the highest level of support (there are three classes of corporate membership: Platinum, Gold, and Silver). The other Platinum Members of The Linux Foundation are Fujitsu, IBM, Intel, NEC, Oracle, and Qualcomm.


By becoming a Platinum Member, Samsung shows its commitment to Linux and proves that it understands the value of Linux. Samsung is once again reiterating its commitment to Linux and investing its resources in a platform that will help sustain its global leadership position. Samsung will work with The Linux Foundation with the aim of streamlining its participation with the kernel community and with the goal of adopting open source best practices.

Executive Director of The Linux Foundation Jim Zemlin had this to comment on Samsung becoming a Platinum Member:

“By becoming a leader among its peers in Linux and open source software, Samsung Electronics is clearly raising the bar for innovation once again. The company’s commitment to Linux and investment in its development firmly plants it in a position to continue its achievements in the mobile, embedded and consumer electronics markets. This is a strategic business decision that will result in advancing Samsung Electronics’ success and accelerating Linux development work.”

Samsung Electronics VP WonJoo Park had the following to comment on the topic:

“The Linux Foundation is an important organization. It brings the right people and resources together to help companies and developers advance Linux for everyone. We’re looking forward to increasing collaboration and support for our growing portfolio of Linux-based devices and to making contributions that advance Linux for all.”

It must be mentioned that Samsung and The Linux Foundation have been collaborating for quite some time now. For the past few years and more intensely over the past 6 months, the two had strong collaborative sessions on how Samsung can get the most out of Linux to lower its development and ongoing maintenance costs.

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