Samsung Gets on Board With Linux — Literally
On Tuesday, the consumer electronics giant joined the Linux Foundation, donating half a million dollars to the nonprofit and claiming a seat on its board of directors.
“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 Vice President WonJoo Park said in a statement.
A savvy move for Samsung, which uses Linux in a number of its products and has been collaborating with Intel on Tizen, a new Linux-based platform for mobile devices. Snagging a seat on the Linux Foundation’s board should give it greater opportunity to steer Tizen’s development, which could be quite useful if it ever emerges as a viable alternative to Google’s Linux-based Android operating system, which it now uses extensively on its smartphones and tablets.