Yahoo! Joins the Linux Foundation

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Word comes today that search pioneer Yahoo! is joining the Linux Foundation. Yahoo! spoke at The Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit earlier this month and demonstrated its use of Linux throughout the enterprise, and specifically for cloud computing. As a member of the Linux Foundation, they can “maximize these investments through collaborative initiatives that advance the platform in specific areas.” Even though we don’t hear as much about Yahoo! these days, it’s still nice to see them throwing their weight not only behind Linux, but behind the Linux Foundation.

Raymie Stata, Chief Technology Officer at Yahoo!, says “Linux is an important software aspect of the World Wide Web and is one of several components that will continue to be used in the future of computing.”

Here’s the full press release.

Yahoo! Joins Linux Foundation

Search pioneer and premier digital media company powers its business with Linux, supports ongoing development and initiatives

SAN FRANCISCO April 20, 2011 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced that Yahoo! is its newest member.

Founded in 1994, Yahoo! is a major enterprise Linux user and premier digital media company that today attracts more than half a billion consumers a month in more than 30 languages. Yahoo! uses the Linux operating system as an integral part of its technical and developer infrastructure.

By joining The Linux Foundation, the company can maximize its investment in Linux while directly supporting the Linux community’s developer and legal efforts. Yahoo! will contribute to The Linux Foundation’s working groups and initiatives focused on virtualization, cloud computing and legal topics, such as open compliance. The company will also participate in Linux Foundation events, including The Linux Foundation End User Summit where it will interact with Linux kernel developers and other open source software experts.

Additional resources available to Yahoo! for collaboration are The Linux Foundation’s End User and Vendor Councils, as well as its Technical Advisory Board (made up of key Linux kernel developers and maintainers).

“The Linux Foundation is host to a variety of very important Linux projects as well as resources, tools and events that allow us to maximize our investment in the platform,” said Raymie Stata, Chief Technology Officer, Yahoo! “Linux is an important software aspect of the World Wide Web and is one of several components that will continue to be used in the future of computing. Yahoo! is excited to collaborate with The Linux Foundation and its peers to advance technologies that will help Linux achieve its promise.”

“Yahoo!’s leadership and deep expertise in cloud computing and the Web will provide valuable expertise that informs collaboration on Linux,” said Amanda McPherson, vice president of marketing and developer programs at The Linux Foundation. “We welcome Yahoo! and look forward to its contributions to The Linux Foundation and Linux community.”

Yahoo!’s Director of Linux Engineering, Sven Dummer, spoke at the recent Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit on a panel titled “What’s Next for Linux in the Enterprise and the Cloud.” See the video here: http://video.linux.com/video/1969