It appears that Jim Zemlin, President of the Linux Foundation, was using MacOS while declaring “2017 is officially the year of the Linux desktop!” at the Open Source Summit 2017. This was observed by several YouTube channels Switched to Linux and The Lunduke Show. Finally it was reported by Its FOSS.
With this year’s Linux slogan, It becomes rather ironical that Zemlin would present a slide presentation using Apple’s macOS, which for some reasons he has been spotted by some security developers at Google using twice in last four years.
In March Zemlin told a cloud conference that organizations that “don’t harvest the shared innovation” of open source “will fail.”
Jim’s career spans three of the largest technology trends to rise over the last decade in mobile computing, cloud computing and open source software. He has been with the foundation since its inception in 2007 after a merger between Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) and the Free Standards Group (FSG); the latter being headed by Zemlin at that time
In case you aren’t aware of the nature of Linux, it isn’t a single operating system in the sense of macOS or Windows. Rather there’s a thing called the “Linux Kernel”, which is a Unix-like operating system. Apple has created its own Unix-based Kernel called “Darwin” that sits underneath macOS. While macOS is the only operating system based on Darwin, there are many different versions of Linux based on the Linux Kernel, and each acts as a fully featured operating system (with desktop interfaces, menus, apps and so on).
The history of Linux began in 1991 with the commencement of a personal project by Finnish student Linus Torvalds to create a new free operating system kernel. Since then, the resulting Linux kernel has been marked by constant growth throughout its history. Since the initial release of its source code in 1991, it has grown from a small number of C files under a license prohibiting commercial distribution to the 4.2.3 version in 2015 with more than 18 million lines of source code under the GNU General Public License.
The Linux Foundation, led by Zemlin, is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of open source. Zemlin takes a visible and shared leadership approach at The Linux Foundation, where he frequently serves as a spokesperson at the organization’s events and others worldwide. He is known in the open source industry for passionate keynotes about the value of open source software in the modern technological landscape and his role as “Linus Torvalds’ “keeping the halls clean” for developers and engineers like Torvalds to write code.
The open source summit took place in JW Marriot, Los Angeles, Carlifornia from September 11-14, 2017.