Linux Foundation Europe launches

Linux Foundation Europe launches

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By Nick Flaherty

The Linux Foundation has launched a dedicated organisation in Europe to boost the use of open source software in the region

The Linux Foundation Europe has a dozen initial members with original research offering new insights into the European dynamics of open source.

Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, Linux Foundation Europe is led by Gabriele Columbro as General Manager. Columbro will continue to serve as the Executive Director of the Fintech Open Source Foundation (FINOS). 

Linux Foundation Europe’s mission is to accelerate the growth of thriving open collaborative efforts focused on challenges and opportunities of all European constituencies, from individuals to public and private sectors, while providing an on-ramp for European projects and companies to succeed and collaborate on a global scale.

Inaugural members of Linux Foundation Europe include Ericsson, Bosch, NXP Semiconductors, and the RISE Research Institute of Sweden as well as power companies RTE and Alliander.

“Bosch has many years of experience in Open Source, and continuously increases its presence as a major adopter, contributor and supporter to multiple foundations,” said Andree Zahir, Senior Vice President Cross-Domain Computing Solutions Business Unit Cockpit Technologies at Bosch. “We are excited to see the Linux Foundation intensifying its European activities, as Bosch clearly sees the potential this region has, to accelerate worldwide collaborative software development.”

“NXP has a long history of collaboration with the Linux Foundation, and many of our customers around the globe rely on the Linux Foundation and its related projects,” said Robert Oshana, Vice President of Software Engineering, NXP Semiconductors. “With a strong focus on the unique needs of European markets, the new Linux Foundation Europe will provide our European customers with new resources through open collaboration.” 

The first project, the Open Wallet Foundation (OWF), is a collaborative effort to develop a digital wallet engine supporting interoperability for a wide range of use cases.

“The Linux Foundation has done a phenomenal job bringing together the private sector and individual contributors on a global scale over the last two decades. As a native-born Italian raised in the thriving European open source community of the early 2000s, I am thrilled to focus our attention on long-standing challenges and opportunities we can help unlock in Europe through open collaboration,” said Columbro.

“As a power transmission system operator in France, RTE is committed to accelerating the energy transition. Open source collaborations are essential to this mission, to increase tenfold the innovation, speed, and cost-efficiency of core business software projects. We started investing in open source communities in 2018, notably as a founding member of LF Energy. Today, we are excited to join LF Europe and continue this successful journey,” said Lucian Balea, Open Source Program Director at RTE.

“Open source software allows a more independent and faster digitalization of European industry and society. As a branch of one of the leading open source ecosystems – Linux Foundation Europe will play a vital role here. As Sweden’s largest research institute, we look forward to working together with a focus on strengthening the open source community and initiatives in Europe, for both industry and society.” Joakim Eriksson, Head of Connected Intelligence Unit at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden.

Participation in Linux Foundation Europe is open to any organization and free for existing Linux Foundation members.

“I’m delighted the Linux Foundation is supporting open source collaboration across the European market. Regional collaboration is important, and the Linux Foundation is positioned to help elevate European open source efforts to de facto standards on a global scale,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director, Linux Foundation.

Results of The World of Open Source: 2022 Europe Spotlight research have also been released alongside the launch.

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