OSDL, FSG Morph into Linux Foundation

Lora Bentley

Reaction to the newly established Linux Foundation, which was created by the merger of the Free Standards Group and Open Source Development Lab, is varied so far.

 

Some, like Forbes and the International Herald Tribune, are covering simply the facts: FSG and OSDL have agreed to combine efforts and resources to form one large foundation focused on "promoting, protecting and standardizing" the open source operating system. The stories also point out that the collaboration will likely turn up the heat in competition with Windows.

 

The press release from the foundation reveals that industry giants like HP, Intel, IBM and Oracle are among the organization's "founding platinum members" and that Jim Zemlin, former head of the Free Standards Group, will serve as the CEO.

 

Others are taking the liberty to speculate a little more on what the changes may mean. Groklaw writers are "cautiously optimistic" that the new group will see how important the GNU General Public License is to the success of Linux. ("Cautiously," we presume, because Novell is a member. Folks at Groklaw haven't been happy with Novell since it struck the deal with Microsoft.)

 

And ZDNet's Dana Blankenhorn wonders whether the merger is a takeover in disguise, and whether the foundation will be headquartered in Oregon, home to the former OSDL, or in the FSG's home state of California.


 

Just how much pressure Microsoft will feel won't be evident for a while, and even questions of corporate residency won't be finalized until the merger itself is complete later this year.



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