New Year Brings New Focus, Staff Changes to OSDL

Lora Bentley

Friday we ran across a column on the "seismic shifts" that would be caused by such happenings in the open source world as Novell's partnership with Microsoft, Oracle targeting Red Hat, and the wide-open sourcing of Sun's Java platform under the GPL v2.


The writer isn't the only one paying attention to the goings-on in open source. This afternoon, Open Source Development Lab announced (via e-mail from its public relations representative) an upcoming realignment of its focus and its leadership -- due in part to the "unprecedented market validation" that Linux has received in recent months.


First, CEO Stuart Cohen is resigning to pursue other opportunities in open source, and the organization's current CFO, Mike Temple, will take over as chief operating officer.


Second, though OSDL will continue to sponsor Linus Torvalds and other "key developers," the number of projects will be reduced and efforts will be focused on those projects that have the most impact on the advancement of Linux. OSDL will also expand its efforts to provide legal support to open source -- a result of the more complex patent and license issues to which the mainstream success of Linux has given rise.

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