Becomes one of a select few to back the open-source projects at such a high level
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/03/2012 -- The Linux Foundation has been given a bump of support by the HP company. The nonprofit organization promotes growth and development of the free Linux operating system. It does so through the upping of membership level from Gold to Platinum status.
The newest in membership levels requires HP pay $500,000 in annual dues to the Foundation. That kind of promise of payment is a rarity for companies. Currently, Fujitsu, IBM, Intel, NEC, Oracle, Qualcomm, and Samsung also participate at the Platinum level.
AMD, Cisco, Google, Huawei, Motorola, Nokia, Sony, and others remain solidified at the Gold member level for the Foundation. That level requires $100,000 annual investment.
Cononical is the leading Linux vendor, as well as Red Hat make smaller investments as Silver Members to the foundation. Each of the silver members of the Linux Foundation pays $5,000 to $20,000 per year.
The Linux Foundation spends dues in an array of production and upkeep costs. Some costs are used to employ Linux Linus Torvalds. The Linux mission is to “promote, protect, and standardize the Linux platform” by providing “much needed services that are not easily offered by a single community member, entity, or company.”
HP becoming a more directly involved company to the Foundation and advocacy for its cause allows for a member to get a seat at the Foundation’s board of directors.
This begs the question: Why does HP have such interest in Linux? The answer is not readily available. HP only provided a rather uninspired scripted statement regarding the upgrade.
"Linux is a strategic asset for all major technology companies," Evans said. "With our Linux Foundation Platinum membership, we will have a variety of ways to maximize our investment in Linux and collaborative development that advances our own business as well as greater industry innovation."
Much like IBM, HP helps customers deploy Linux-based infrastructure as a part of its IT consulting business. It also staked a portion of its future on an open source OS with the Project Odyssey effort.
HP’s track-record has not been stellar. Current CEO Meg Whitman is the fourth to hold the position since 2005, and HPs board has shown almost no ambition toward innovative plan. So while the move may interest those who champion crowd sourcing of ideas and open-source product, HP as a major backer of Linux is still a bit of an overall mystery.
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