During June, South African IoT technology and strategy innovator, IoT.nxt, joined a community of global companies as a silver partner of The Linux Foundation.
“There are great opportunities to use open source software in IoT applications, so we are excited to join the community driving implementation of Linux developments,” says IoT.nxt CEO, Nico Steyn. “Open source allows for incredible collaboration across companies, industries, organisations and individuals to solve particular technology challenges and drive value.”
Linux Foundation members help support development of the shared technology resources, while accelerating their own innovation through open source leadership and participation. Linux Foundation member contributions help provide the infrastructure and resources that enable the world’s largest open collaboration communities. Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux Foundation, said at the announcement of new members that the Foundation is thrilled to see so many organisations continue to reinforce their commitment to open source with investments in the community and a wide variety of important projects.
Open source gained prominence in South Africa after the establishment of the Ubuntu Project by South African-born Mark Shuttleworth’s Canonical company in 2004. The Ubuntu Project is now a popular Linux-based operating system that is freely available worldwide with desktop and server editions.
With the support of its members, The Linux Foundation hosts open source projects across technologies including networking, security, cloud and blockchain. This collaborative development model is helping technology advance at a rapid pace in a way that benefits individuals and organisations around the world.
Other companies that became silver members in June include leading audio equipment company Bose Corporation, Anaconda Inc and ComponentSoft.
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