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Linux Foundation creates research division to study open source impact

Linux Foundation creates research division to study open source impact

In the latest sign of the growing influence of open source software, the Linux Foundation has announced that it is creating a new research unit to provide greater insight into open-source technology, as well as the people creating it. Among the group’s priorities are examining diversity and security.

Linux Foundation Research will be a new division with a broad mandate to explore the social and technical aspects of open source in the hopes of expanding the types of people who participate and encouraging more enterprises to adopt the technology. 

“As open source has become a fundamental part of the global technology supply chain, we started to see a need to really provide deep insight so that we could all collectively make better decisions about how to improve the way development communities work, improve incentives to create better software outcomes, and understand the economics of open source,” Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin said.

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