SJ Mercury News: Two Linux groups will merge

From: Arthur Keller <voting_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Mon Jan 22 2007 - 17:09:15 CST

Posted on Mon, Jan. 22, 2007

Two Linux groups will merge

By Ryan Blitstein
Mercury News
The two biggest supporters of Linux software are coming together.
A San Francisco non-profit, the Free Standards
Group, will merge with Open Source Development
Labs of Beaverton, Ore., to form The Linux
Foundation, the organizations said today in a
joint statement.
The Linux operating system competes with
Microsoft Windows and Unix as the computer
platform for other software programs to run on.
It is open-source software, which means the code
is publicly available and can be changed by
The Linux foundation's members include major
technology companies such as Hewlett-Packard, IBM
and Oracle, as well as the two largest Linux
makers, Novell and Red Hat. It will be led by Jim
Zemlin, former executive director of the Free
Standards Group.
The new group will defend Linux vendors and
customers against intellectual property lawsuits.
It also plans to help increase usage of Linux by
aiding development of the software and helping
the operating system work with open-source and
proprietary software.
``Linux offers freedom of choice, customization
and flexibility without forcing customers into
vendor lock-in,'' Zemlin said in a statement.
``The Linux Foundation helps in the next stage of
Linux growth by organizing the diverse companies
and constituencies of the Linux ecosystem to
promote, protect and standardize Linux.''
The Free Standards Group and Open Source
Development Labs were both founded six years ago.
OSDL, which employs Linux creator Linus Torvalds,
cut nine employees in a major reorganization last

Contact Ryan Blitstein at or (408) 920-5715.

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