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NewsForge: OSDL Chief Speaks About Layoffs, Bitkeeper, and SCO

Aug 08, 2005, 19:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jay Lyman)

"Linux developers with the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) are getting back to full speed after last spring's interruption to kernel development from the BitKeeper affair, and the organization is shifting gears to focus on intellectual property and European growth, leaving behind the SCO suits against Linux users and providers, which are now 'dead,' OSDL CEO Stuart Cohen says.

"Speaking during an interview at OSDL's Beaverton, Ore., offices, Cohen explained last month's layoffs of nine individuals across the organization's departments was necessary for the health and new focus of the organization, which portrays itself as a vendor-neutral guardian for Linux and employs the operating system's creator Linus Torvalds and core kernel developers. While some might argue the layoff of Linux developers was contrary to OSDL's mission, Cohen defended the layoffs as a requirement of business, which involves much more than software code..."

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