The Linux Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works for growth of Linux, announced the availability of the Linux Weather Forecast, built in collaboration with LWN.net editor Jonathan Corbet.
The Forecast tracks the developments in the Linux development community that can appear in the mainline kernel and/or major distributions, providing an easy way for Linux users, vendors and ISVs to see the status of specific Linux kernel projects that factor into their business plans.
The LF has partnered with industry watcher and kernel community member Jonathan Corbet to provide an objective assessment of kernel development that highlights the most important progress points. Corbet also maintains a detailed description of many Linux kernel developments on LWN.net.
" One of the Linux Foundation's core values is to facilitate collaboration among Linux users, vendors, Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), kernel developers and legal experts. Specific status updates on kernel development projects are vital for the broader Linux ecosystem to make the most of Linux.
Until now, this information was mostly only available to community insiders willing to navigate multiple high-volume mailing lists," stated Jim Zemlin (News - Alert), executive director at The Linux Foundation. "Because Jonathan Corbet was already investigating and reporting on many of these topics, there was no reason to reinvent the wheel. By partnering with Jonathan and commissioning the Weather Forecast, we can give more people centralized access to key information about kernel developments.'
The need for a Linux Weather Forecast arises out of Linux's unique development model. With proprietary software, product managers define a " roadmap" they deliver to engineers to implement, based on their assessments of what users want.
In Linux and open source software, users contribute directly to the software, setting the direction with their contributions. These changes can quickly get added to the mainline kernel and other critical packages. This quick feedback and development cycle results in fast software iterations and rapid feature innovation.
While the forecast is not a roadmap or centralized planning tool, the Linux Weather Forecast gives users, ISVs, partners and developers a chance to track major developments in Linux and adjust their business accordingly.
The Linux Weather Forecast currently provides forecast summaries that include current conditions, upcoming forecast, long range forecast and climatological timeframes.
Anamika Singh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anamika's articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Marisa Torrieri