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Reasons for the Linux Plumbers Conference

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| The scope of Linux Plumbers Conference goes a bit beyond the Linux kernel; it
| spills out to include interfaces with the X Window System and some other
| userspace features.


Linux "plumbers" convene

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| The Linux Plumbers Conference (LPC) has issued a call for proposals for its
| September 17-19 event in Portland, Oregon. The LPC aims to attract top
| developers to collaborate on Linux "plumbing" issues such as kernel
| subsystems, core libraries, and windowing systems.


IBM seems to be all about the kernel and surroundings these days, but hardly
about Free software. Some people notice:

Come On, IBM, Pull Your Socks Up

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| So, for the sake of your shareholders and of the stakeholders in the open
| source ecosystem, I say: come on, IBM, pull your socks up and get stuck in
| again. Please go back to leading in this field, as you did a decade ago,
| rather than lagging as you seem to be today.



Linux kernel developers have tripled in number

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| The Linux Foundation (LF) has published a study on Linux mainline kernel
| development. According to LF, the number of Linux kernel developers has
| tripled since 2005, with many more companies contributing to the process
| (including, potentially, the latest new LF member, Adobe). *


Linux Market to Triple by 2012

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| Analyst firm Research and Markets has just put out a project on Linux-based
| server and client hardware sales, and is projecting that the market will more
| than triple between 2007 and 2012. *
| A market for a platform is not the same as an ecosystem for it, which is much
| larger in that it includes the cost of people and third-party software and
| services for the code that runs atop the platform. So the R&M Linux market
| numbers might seem a little small. In any event, the consultancy pegged the
| Linux product and services market for Linux running on servers and clients
| (but not embedded systems) at $2.4 billion in 2007. * *

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