As Business Insider points out, the Linux Foundation hasconnections with 800 companies

Business,Business News,Business Opportunities Samsung will reportedly announce that it has joined the LinuxFoundation at the highest level.  Business Insider reports that South Korea-based Samsung will soon announce that it joined the Linux Foundation atthe highest level,  Platinum ,  costing a meaty $500,000 USD.  Currently only six other companieshave joined the foundation at that level: China M3 Screws Manufacturers IBM,  Oracle,  Intel,Fujitsu and Qualcomm Innovation Center.  Buy purchasing a Platinum membership,  the move will grant Samsung aseat on the Linux Foundation's board and more control over the iOSand Android alternative currently in the works,  Tizen. 

Like Android,  it's a free and open source mobile operating systembased on Linux but with strong support for HTML5 and other webstandards,  ditching the Qt application framework.  "Having just recently [in Q1 2012] beat out Nokia to become theworld's largest maker of mobile phones,  this announcement alsomakes it clear how Samsung will now try to attack Apple's positionwith both the Linux-based Android and Tizen platforms," a LinuxFoundation spokesperson told Business Insider.  Last month,  Sprint Nexel announced that it joined the TizenAssociation and that Fared Adib,  vice president and product chief,was joining the Tizen board of directors.  At the time,  Sprint wasthe first North American carrier to be a part of the TizenAssociation,  and joined other carriers from around the globeincluding NTT DOCOMO,  Orange,  SK telecom,  Telef nica and Vodafone. 

"Sprint continues to support an open mobile ecosystem that enableschoice for Sprint customers,  and Tizen provides another open andflexible environment for developers to create innovativeapplications for end users," the company said.  "The Tizen softwaredevelopment kit (SDK) and application programming interface (API)allow developers to use HTML5 and related Web technologies to writeapplications that run across multiple device categories,  such assmartphones,  tablets,  smart TVs,  netbooks and in-vehicleinfotainment devices." Tizen 1.0 was previewed just last month ,  showing that it's designed to support a number of high-endsmartphone features.  These include support for HD screenresolutions,  tethering,  NFC,  4G LTE and more.  Best of all,  it'sdesigned to work on both ARM and x86-based SoCs,  and use up to 1 GBof RAM.  The new mobile OS even supports cameras,  touchscreens andother sensors. 

As Business Insider points out,  the Linux Foundation hasconnections with 800 companies and 8,000 developers,  many of whichare "zealots" for Linux and open source platforms.  That's anextremely large base of developers with input on a new mobile OSand the means to develop apps for the platform.  Should Google be scared?.

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