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CNET News: Linux Group Broadens Membership

Jul 25, 2003, 20:30 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

[ Thanks to Matt for this link. ]

"The Open Source Development Lab, a group dedicated to building high-end features into Linux, has taken its first step in a plan to expand its membership beyond the computing industry.

"Unilever, a company with $49 billion in sales of everything from Dove soap to Lipton tea, has become the lab's first member that doesn't sell computing equipment, OSDL said on Thursday. The lab has been trying to broaden its membership to include those who use technology instead of just those who create and sell it, part of an attempt to gain a better understanding of what features are needed in the open-source operating system, OSDL Chief Executive Stuart Cohen said in an earlier interview.

"OSDL was founded in August 2000 by IBM, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, NEC, Intel, Silicon Graphics and Linux companies including Red Hat and SuSE. The sponsorship list has since grown to include newer Linux companies such as MontaVista Software and TimeSys, networking companies such as Cisco Systems and Alcatel, software companies such as Computer Associates, and telecommunications companies such as Ericsson and Nokia..."

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