Vendors Establish Lab to Encourage Enterprise Linux Development

Joanna Doyle

Several major hardware and software vendors, including Hewlett-Packard, Intel, IBM and NEC, have joined to form the first independent, non-profit lab to encourage the development of enterprise capabilities for Linux. The Open Source Development Lab will provide a centralized location where developers can share ideas and practices.

In addition to the four major sponsors, contributors to the lab include Caldera, Dell, Linuxcare, LynuxWorks, Red Hat, SGI, SuSE, TurboLinux and VA Linux.

The Open Source Development lab will be based in Portland, Ore., and is expected to open by the end of the year.

"The Open Source Development Lab will help fulfill a need that individual Linux and open source developers often have – access to high-end enterprise hardware," says Brian Behlendorf, chief technical officer of CollabNet and co-founder of Apache. "It's great that these companies are coming together to help accelerate development for this environment."

According to the companies, the lab is not intended as a development environment for creating new technology. Rather, it is designed to support existing industry projects that use open source licenses and are established according to today's open source development model. Initial projects are expected to range from tools development to kernel projects that advance the enterprise capabilities of Linux. The lab will be governed by an independent board and management structure, and will consist of members from the open source community as well as representatives of the sponsor companies.

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