Samsung is well known for the successful use of Android on its smartphones. The effective utilization of Android can be attributed to Samsung Galaxy S3 that has knocked iPhone
4S from the top position in the uSwitch Tech’s Mobile Tracker chart within just a few days of it’s availability.
Like any other modern operating systems be it mobile or desktop, Android is made up of different components, that includes a touch based user interface and an underlying core called a kernel. Android’s core components and kernel are based on Linux and this is what makes
Samsung one of the largest Linux companies in the world. Owing to this fact, Samsung has upgraded its membership level in the Linux Foundation that is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promote the growth of Linux.
Samsung will pay the Foundation half a million dollars per year and buy a seat on the board along with the title of Platinum member. Thus by increasing its involvement with the Foundation, the company is re-confirming its commitment to Android as well as Linux. In the new position, Samsung will work with Linux Foundation to improve its work with the Linux kernel community by adopting better open source practices.
Executive director of Linux Foundation, Jim Zemlin, has commented that Samsung’s support is a strategic business decision that will result in accelerating both Linux development work as well as Samsung Electronics’ success. Vice President of Samsung Electronics, WonJoo Park, has commented that they are looking forward to increasing the collaboration and support for growing portfolio of Linux-based devices and to make contributions for the advancement of Linux for all.
Linux Foundation has three levels of corporate membership that are Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Previously Samsung was a Silver member, but now it has got upgraded to the highest level membership. Samsung is the seventh Platinum member. Other members include well known industry leaders like IBM, Intel, Oracle and Qualcomm. The only Gold members are Google and Motorola that is now a part of Google.