Category: Leadership

  • December 21, 2015 - Mike Blumenkrantz, Josh Matthews and Lars Bergstrom

    Adding Community-Driven Wayland Support to Servo

    It’s been some time since the last Servo article on the OSG blog, but this has no relation to the speed at which the browser engine’s development has been progressing. In the last post, the Offscreen Rendering (OSR) integration status was explored, culminating in both some code snippets as well as videos of an embedded browser application. That post can be considered the foundation for the recently-tweeted screenshot of Servo running with Wayland support. The Technical Hurdle Before delving into the technical details of Wayland integration, it’s important to know the background of Servo’s rendering stack. In order to provide support for a broad range of platforms, Servo uses the rust-layers library to create hardware-accelerated drawing abstractions for Android, Linux, MacOS, and Windows; this enables the browser engine to use a unified API for all its internal compositor painting. Under Linux, rust-layers uses GLX, the OpenGL extension for X11, to […]

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  • One of the great things about being in the Open Source Group at Samsung is that we get to work on cool stuff both inside and outside the company. As we’ve done in past years, Samsung is sponsoring a project in Jay Borenstein’s CS210 course at Stanford. The objective of CS210 is to expose students to corporate development practices by giving them real world design and development projects, pushing the envelope of technology and building something cool. Companies like Samsung can sponsor project teams by providing the building blocks for a project and mentoring students through the process. Smart Watch, Smart Home We are calling our project for 2016 Smart Watch, Smart Home. As you can probably guess, it will involve wearables and home automation; of course, it will involve open source. Home Automation Home automation products are nothing new and have been around for many years. However, recently there’s […]

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  • We’d like to formally announce the launch of The Comprehensive Guide to Open Source for Business. It’s no secret, open source is quickly becoming a business imperative, whether that means its use, development, or both. Any business that leads their industry over the coming decades will most likely do it through open source. Samsung is one of many major technology companies that are pushing for greater open source use and development in business through dedicated open source efforts like the Open Source Group here. With that said, the transition to using open source technology is rife with pitfalls, areas of confusion, and challenges that must be overcome for the transition to be a success. It can be very tricky for a company that has traditionally relied on proprietary software to navigate these waters without a guide, and this information is scattered across many sources, making it tough to develop a […]

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  • This is  the 2nd and final part of a series on measuring the value of open source developers. Part 1 can be found here. It’s been almost three years since the Open Source Group was established at Samsung. In that time we’ve grown quite a bit. Now that we’ve had some time to get our feet on the ground we’ve decided to take a look back at our impact. Why do We Need an Open Source Group Anyways? Samsung is on a multi-year journey to become both a better consumer of open source, and a better contributor and leader in the projects that end up in our products. The reasons for doing so are quite clear to us: while it’s easy to use code that’s made freely available, it’s risky and potentially quite expensive to rely upon it long-term, unless you are proactively working within the community. The reason it’s […]

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  • This is part 1 of a series on the value of an open source software development group for companies that rely on open source technology. If you’ve worked in a corporate development environment, you certainly understand that metrics are everything. If you’re doing development, you are probably familiar with the feeling that metrics aren’t perfect. I can’t count how many times I’ve heard, “Well, I’m measured on X because it generates a number, but let me tell you the real story…” Certain things are both meaningful and easy to measure such as the number of conference talks accepted and presented, internal training sessions delivered, or other employees that are mentored. But what do you do about code? What Does it Mean to Measure the Value of Your Open Source Contributors? As hard as it is to measure an individual developer’s code contributions using a standardized set of statistics, it can […]

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  • October 29, 2015 - Ben Lloyd Pearson

    Wrapping Up A Productive Week in Seoul

    This week has been packed full of presentations, technical meetings, and professional networking in Seoul, South Korea. We sent more than a dozen people to attend the Korea Linux Forum, the Linux Kernel Summit, and the Samsung Open Source Conference and we had representation for nearly all of the open source projects we are involved with including EFL, Wayland, IoTivity, FFmpeg, Gstreamer, and more. We met countless talented individuals and we are extremely happy to get the chance to interact with Korean professionals as we seek to increase our interaction with individuals who could be valuable to the open source technology we rely on. Setting the Tone at KLF Our week started with a keynote from Ibrahim Haddad, the head of the OSG. He explained why open source is so valuable to Samsung and what we are doing as the company’s open source R&D group in order to improve the […]

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  • Open Source Wrap Up: October 17 – 23, 2015 Red Hat Acquires Ansible Red Hat has long been one of the most successful businesses in the open source industry, and part of their success has been the strategic purchases of companies that develop leading technology. One such recent technology is Ansible: a platform for IT automation and DevOps. Ansible has slowly emerged as the leader in a field full of stiff competition; this acquisition illustrates just how important Ansible has become. Recently, Red Hat has been investing significant time and money in the development of containers and their use in the cloud, and this acquisition will certainly expand their development efforts. Read the announcement here. France Citizens Open the Door for Open Source Following 20 days of public debate and more than 147,000 votes and 8,500 proposals, the French citizens have approved the Digital Republic Bill. This bill covers a […]

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  • October 21, 2015 - Samsung Open Source Group

    The OSG Gears Up for Korea

    Considering that our primary headquarters is in South Korea, it only makes sense that open source conferences in Seoul are a bit of a big deal to us. Next week we have two major conferences there: Korea Linux Forum and the Samsung Open Source Conference (SOSCON).  We are pulling all the stops for these conferences and are sending most of our team for three days of technical discussions and networking. If you are going to be at either of these events next week, keep an eye out for our team. We have quite a few people who will be giving presentations on both technical and non technical subjects, so here’s a preview of what we’ll be talking about. Korea Linux Forum You can find the full event schedule here. Why is Open Source R&D Important and What are We Doing About it? – Ibrahim Haddad (opening keynote) Ibrahim Haddad, the […]

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  • August 21, 2015 - Ben Lloyd Pearson

    Linux Continues Full Steam Ahead: LinuxCon 2015

    A few of us from the Samsung Open Source Group had the pleasure of attending LinuxCon in Seattle this week. It attracted more than 1,500 professionals from the Linux community and the rest of the open source industry for presentations, conversations, and general mingling. For the first time, LinuxCon was colocated with ContainerCon which, in addition to CloudOpen, brought quite a few experts from companies that work on cloud technologies and virtualization. Linux is at the Center of an Ever-Growing Ecosystem Anyone familiar with the Linux Foundation probably knows the community is as strong as ever and shows little sign of slowing down. Jim Zemlin, the executive director of the Linux Foundation, explained this in his opening keynote when he stated that  nearly 3,000 developers have contributed more than 64 million lines of code to Linux Foundation collaborative projects (not including the Linux Kernel). These contributions represent $5.1 billion in […]

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  • August 12, 2015 - Javier Martinez Canillas and Brian Warner

    The Samsung OSG Keeps Growing.

    The Samsung Open Source Group consists of only about 50 people spread out over the entire world, and in an organization that employs more than 275,000 it can be a challenge for us to make a large impact on the company as a whole. In order to do this, its vital we hire individuals that play key roles in the open source ecosystem  so that we can continue to integrate greater adoption of open source methodology into the company at large. With that said, it’s a pleasure to introduce our two newest members Javier Martinez Canillas, and Brian Warner. Javier Martinez Canillas I’m very happy to announce I’ve joined the Samsung Open Source Group. As people that have been following the Linux Exynos upstream development probably know, I’ve been working on improving the mainline support for the Samsung Exynos5 based Chromebooks and Exynos5 in general over the last year. Now, […]

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