The Linux Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, just announced a new member – Samsung Electronics. The Korean technology powerhouse has signed up with the organization as a Platinum member.

The company’s investments in Android and other Linux-based operating systems and tools are contributing to its success as one of the world’s largest device makers. Samsung Electronics uses Linux throughout its company, across product lines, divisions and geographies. For example, Samsung Electronics’ Android-based Galaxy series has been faring quite well on a global scale and is experiencing high demand in all regions alongside other Linux-based consumer electronics, such as televisions and home appliances. By using Linux, the company can innovate on device design and functionality, offering a large variety of electronic products at varying price points.

Adding Samsung to the mix

Adding Samsung to the mix

With the recent announcement, Samsung Electronics is reiterating its commitment to Linux and investing its resources in a platform it believes will help sustain its global leadership position. The company will work with The Linux Foundation on streamlining its participation with the kernel community and adopting open source best practices.

“By becoming a leader among its peers in Linux and open source software, Samsung Electronics is clearly raising the bar for innovation once again,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. “The company’s commitment to Linux and investment in its development firmly plants it in a position to continue its achievements in the mobile, embedded and consumer electronics markets. This is a strategic business decision that will result in advancing Samsung Electronics’ success and accelerating Linux development work.”

“The Linux Foundation is an important organization. It brings the right people and resources together to help companies and developers advance Linux for everyone,” said WonJoo Park, Vice President, Samsung Electronics. “We’re looking forward to increasing collaboration and support for our growing portfolio of Linux-based devices and to making contributions that advance Linux for all.”

Samsung Electronics joins an influential group of companies that have exhibited tremendous leadership and support for Linux and, as a Platinum member, will have a seat on The Linux Foundation’s Board of Directors.

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