Linux Foundation: How to contribute to open source projects
The Linux Foundation has published a paper titled "Upstreaming: Strengthening Open Source Development ". In the ten-page PDF document, the two authors explain, among other things, why it is in the best interest of everyone involved that in-house improvements to open source software be submitted back to the original authors of that software (upstream) for inclusion in the next version. The document, which can be accessed after registering, also touches on how best to go about this process.
The Linux Foundation has also announced that 4Linux, Erlang Solutions and the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) have joined as new members. Based in Brazil, 4Linux specialises in Linux and open source software. Erlang Solutions focuses on products and services based on the Erlang programming language. The Linux Professional Institute is a non-profit organisation providing vendor-independent exams for professional certification for Linux system administrators and programmers. The LPI was established in 1999 and is known for often running certification examinations at trade fairs and open source events.