SOURCE: The Linux Foundation

January 08, 2008 07:00 ET

The Linux Foundation Launches New Podcast Series With Linus Torvalds

LF's Zemlin Talks to Linux Creator Torvalds in First of a Series of Podcasts to Feature Open Source Visionaries

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - January 8, 2008) - The Linux Foundation (LF), the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today launched Open Voices, a podcast series featuring interviews with the industry's top Linux and open source leaders.

The debut podcast features a conversation with Linux creator and LF fellow, Linus Torvalds. Future Open Voices installments will feature Novell President and CEO, Ron Hovsepian; Marten Mickos, CEO of MySQL; and Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of the Ubuntu Project.

"The Linux Foundation is in a unique position -- we have the privilege of talking to the leaders of the open source movement on a daily basis," said Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux Foundation. "Why not share what we learn with everyone? This podcast will bring everyday people into the world of the technical and business open source luminaries we're lucky enough to work with every day. We're thrilled to have Linus participate in our debut podcast."

The Torvalds podcast, hosted by LF Executive Director Jim Zemlin, includes the Linux creator's latest musings on the Linux development process, including internationalization; the commodization of the desktop; cracking the code for Mobile Linux; the rogue state of patents, OpenSolaris, and the future of Linux, among other topics.

When discussing the desktop, Torvalds says:

"The Linux desktop is why I got into Linux in the first place. I have never, ever cared about really anything but the Linux desktop... I don't worry about the desktop on a technical level because I think that's the first thing that most kernel developers will really put their efforts in."

Torvalds talks in length during the podcast about GPLv3 and patents. On patent trolls, he says:

"Yeah, they're kind of like the tourists that you can't bomb because there's nothing there to bomb. There are just these individuals that don't have anything to lose. That breaks the whole cold war model and seems to be one of the reasons that even big companies are now starting to realize that patents and software are a really bad idea."

The in-depth discussion has been split into two parts; the first segment is available today at http://www.linux-foundation.org/weblogs/openvoices. The next installment will be available in two weeks. Transcripts are also available on the LF website.

The podcast series is one of many information sources the LF hosts or facilitates. For example, in August 2007, the LF announced its collaboration with Jonathan Corbet to deliver the Linux Weather Forecast, which helps users and ISVs track Linux development.

About the Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. Founded in 2007, the Linux Foundation sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and is supported by leading Linux and open source companies and developers from around the world. The Linux Foundation promotes, protects and standardizes Linux by providing unified resources and services needed for open source to successfully compete with closed platforms. NEC, Hitachi and Fujitsu are founding members of the LF. For more information, please visit www.linux-foundation.org.

Trademarks: The Linux Foundation and Linux Standard Base are trademarks of The Linux Foundation. Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds. Third party marks and brands are the property of their respective holders.

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