Here are 10 highlights:
1. 3.15 was the biggest kernel release ever with 13,722 patches merged. "I imagine we will surpass that again," Corbet said. "The amount of changes to the kernel is just going up over time."
2. The number of developers participating is going up over time while the amount of time it takes us to create a kernel is actually dropping over time. It started at 80 days between kernel releases some time ago, and it's now down to about 63 days. "I don't know how much shorter we can get," het said.
3. Developers added seven new system calls to the kernel over the past year, along with new features such as deadline scheduling, control group reworking, multiqueue block layer, and lots of networking improvmenets. That's in addition to hundreds of new hardware drivers and thousands of bug fixes.
Drone technology has also reached a maturity level that the embedded Linux, ROS (Robot Operating System) and drone communities are converging, Anderson said. Dronecode, a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project, is designed to bring these various communities together to work on a common open source platform for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology.
It is hard to believe that the Raspberry Pi has been around for three years already. Launched back in 2012, the credit card-sized PC attracted quite a bit of attention due to its $35 price and potential ability to encourage programming with children. Today, it was revealed that over 5 million units of Raspberry Pi have been sold to date.
Sony is developing self-driving car technologies with ZMP, which sells autonomous RoboCar development platforms with Linux-based control and sensor systems.
Sony has turned to fellow Japanese company ZMP to develop a self-driving car, says the Financial Times (FT). Sony also invested 100 million yen ($842,000) in ZMP for a 2 percent share. The partners are not necessarily building a commercial self-driving car — FT says they will develop “self-driving car technologies.” But whether it’s a full car or an autonomous automotive imaging system, it will likely run on Linux. Since 2009, ZMP has been selling autonomous plug-in hybrid RoboCar development platforms that integrate Linux control and sensing systems.
Bloomberg, the global business and financial information company, has joined the Linux Foundation as a Gold member.
Bloomberg offers a lot of services which require state-of-the-art technologies and they are increasing the consumption of, and contribution to, Open Source technologies. Some of the major open source technologies they use include Linux, Hadoop, OpenStack and Solr.
“Bloomberg is a big supporter of open innovation and open source initiatives that align with our software development and business priorities,” said Shawn Edwards, Chief Technology Officer at Bloomberg LP.
I wrote a column a while back called “Distro developers need dollars” where I included links to distro donation pages. My thought then was that it was a good idea for distro developers to get financial support from users whenever possible. I still feel that way, however, there’s a flip side to that idea too.
What happens when a distro developer solicits financial support in a way that some people think is obnoxious? Is it possible for developers to go too far in trying to make money from their distribution? The recent situation with Elementary OS is a good example of what happens when distro developers do things in what can charitably be called an undiplomatic way.
With the next kernel -- regardless of whether it be known as Linux 3.20 or Linux 4.0 -- it will contain support for new ARM platforms.