Cognisync Joins the Linux Foundation to Build Linux Developer Network


August 2, 2008 : Cognisync, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in the design, construction and management of web-based technology communities of purpose, today announced the launch of the Linux Developer Network. The Linux Developer Network, or LDN, hosted and sponsored by the Linux Foundation, was built with a goal to drive development of Linux-based software applications. LDN is part of an overall program put in place by the Linux Foundation to develop, promote and proliferate a rich portfolio of Linux-based applications in the marketplace.

“This community is all about giving developers exactly what they need to code more applications for Linux,” says Amanda McPherson, Director of Marketing at The Linux Foundation. “What LDN provides is a common gathering place for people, information and tools intended to accelerate the development of Linux applications.”

One of the primary objectives of LDN out of the gate is to support the development of LSB-compliant applications. The LSB, which stands for the Linux Standards Base, is a portability specification designed to reduce the challenges of creating Linux-based applications that can run on a variety of Linux distributions. LDN is home to testing tools that help developers ensure their applications will run on LSB-compliant distributions of Linux.

"The creation of an application developer community for Linux is a natural evolution of the life of the Linux operating system," said Andrew Kelly, CEO of Cognisync. "The Cognisync team is honored to be a part of this historic event, and we look forward to the day that LDN membership levels reflect the true popularity of Linux."

LDN utilizes as its framework the open-source social publishing platform Drupal. The site currently offers LSB testing and compliance support, a social networking capability, technical articles, discussion forums, and a Linux Brainstorming Ideas section. The community evolution strategy will include incremental improvements and extensions of community features over time, for which the extensible and modular Drupal platform is well-suited.

"The choice of Drupal as an underlying platform for LDN just made sense," says McPherson. "Its feature-set supported our immediate needs, while its modularity and extensibility fit with our goal of incremental evolution. With Drupal being open source backed by a strong community, we're assured of constant evolution. Coupled with Cognisync's expertise in technology community creation and management, we're excited about the results."

About Cognisync
Cognisync, Inc. is a technology solutions company founded in February 2007 with the intention of helping technology providers make sense of what Web 2.0 is and how to use it to drive adoption of products, standards and technologies. Cognisync is comprised of a small, highly specialized team of business and technology professionals, and is headquartered in Florida, with development offices in New Jersey and Utah.

About The Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. Founded in 2007, the LF sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and is supported by leading Linux and open source companies and developers from around the world. The Linux Foundation promotes, protects and standardizes Linux by providing unified resources and services needed for open source to successfully compete with closed platforms.