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Tuesday, 21 July 2015 13:11

Linux Foundation gets Docker and CoreOS together and adds new members

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The Linux Foundation has announced new commitments to container standards and adds CloudLinux, MariaDB, and Solace Systems as new members to the group

The non-profit organisation dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux and collaborative development, announced it will be working with Docker and CoreOS on the Open Container Project and has added CloudLinux, MariaDB, and Solace Systems to the organisation.

Founded in 2000, the Linux Foundation sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and promotes, protects and advances the Linux operating system and collaborative software development.

The Open Container Project (OCP) is not to create a standard for Docker but rather to standardise the baseline for containers and will hold the specification and basic run-time software for using software containers. In December 2014, the community around Docker fractured, with CoreOS launching its own container technology and the appc (App Container Image) to define a standard for containers. The aim of OCP is to reunite the parties and create a base specification for containers that will work across Docker, CoreOS and any other OCP-based container technology.

Membership of OCP includes Docker, CoreOS as well as Amazon Web Services, Apcera, Cisco, EMC, Fujitsu Limited, Goldman Sachs, Google, HP, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Joyent, Mesosphere, Microsoft, Pivotal, Rancher Labs, Red Hat, and VMware.

The three new members of the organisation include CloudLinux which develops products to make Linux secure, stable, and profitable. Its flagship product, CloudLinux OS, is used by hosting providers to help increase server density and security to reduce operating costs, lower churn and increase profits.  MariaDB Corporation a provider of open source database solutions for SaaS, cloud and on-premise applications that require high availability, scalability and performance and is the new “M” in LAMP, having displaced MySQL as the default database in the Red Hat and SUSE Linux distributions. And  Solace Systems which makes messaging middleware technology that moves information between distributed applications, devices and users to enable big data, cloud computing and the Internet of Things.

The foundation recently announced it would also be helping those using the R language which is used by statisticians, analysts and data scientists to unlock value from data. The new Linux Foundation supported R Consortium will complement the work of the R Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Austria that maintains the language and will focus on user outreach and other projects designed to assist the R user and developer communities.

The Linux Foundation is currently in a new drive to boost corporate and individual memberships and is offering new members who join before August 8 2015 the ability to register for reduced fees of $49 (£32) on the Linux Foundation System Administrator (LFCS) or Linux Foundation Certified Engineer (LFCE) certification exams.

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