In case you didn't know, every tweet you make is made possible by tens of thousands of Linux machines. That's probably why Twitter has decided to join the Linux Foundation. The microblogging service will pay $15,000 to The Linux Foundation each year as a silver member. According to open source manager Chris Aniszczyk:
"Linux and its ability to be heavily tweaked is fundamental to our technology infrastructure. By joining The Linux Foundation we can support an organization that is important to us and collaborate with a community that is advancing Linux as fast as we are improving Twitter"
The Linux Foundation was founded in 2007 and aims to promote and speed up the development of the free operating system, by funding its development and providing a platform for developers, companies and organisations to share ideas and plans. Many internet companies rely on Linux and other open source software, so it's logical they want to get involved into the development process. Twitter has even made forks of some open source projects, such as MySQL and Memcached (Twemcached).
Twitter will formally join on Tuesday, together with Inktank and Servergy. Twitter isn't the first big member of the foundation, with companies as Google, IBM, Intel and Oracle having joined the technology consortium already.
Source: PC World