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 PostPost subject: OSDL and FSG to merge        Posted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 5:33 am 
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OSDL and FSG to merge
The two main evangelizers of the Linux operating system, Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) and the Free Standards Group (FSG), are merging to form the Linux Foundation.

The organization's leader has stated that the linux promotion mission that the grousp started in 2000 is over, and now the organization will focus on what it can do to rival Microsoft.

At the moment linux applications need tweaked to work on six or seven different linux distributions, but this move may see one standard being created, making linux developement faster, and more prospective to developers.

The two corporations are in the final stages of combining operations. Interoperability will be a key focus for the new organisation, for both older and future distributions.The Linux Foundation will also continue to defend the legal rights of linux developers.

The intention is that the Linux Foundation will become the go-to place for Linux development in much the way that the Eclipse Foundation is already the center of tools development, the Apache Software Foundation is the hub of Web server and middleware work, and the Mozilla Foundation is the heart of browser and Web interface creation, he says.

Both groups have discussed the possibility of a merger in the past, however this move does not have anything to do with the recent OSDL downsizing.

There was a fair amount of overlap in membership between the OSDL and the FSG, Zemlin says. The Linux Foundation, staffed by 45 full-time employees and contractors, will begin life with some 70 members including software vendors such as Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Novell, Oracle, and Red Hat, as well as universities and end users.

The foundation's Web site provides an introduction to the new organization and its goals, as well as links to the technical work the OSDL and the FSG were engaged in and that the Linux Foundation has pledged to continue.

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