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ConsortiumInfo: Joining Forces: OSDL and the Free Standards Group Will Become The Linux Foundation

Jan 22, 2007, 13:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Updegrove)

"I'm pleased to share some news that I expect you'll be reading about in lots of other places today: Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) and the Free Standards Group (FSG) signed an agreement yesterday providing for the two groups to combine forces to form a new organization--The Linux Foundation. The result of this consolidation will be to dedicate the resources of the combined membership to 'accelerate the growth of Linux by providing a comprehensive set of services to compete effectively with closed platforms...'

"Jim Zemlin, currently the Executive Director of FSG, will lead the new organization, which will include as members every major company in the Linux industry, including Fujitsu, Hitachi, HP, IBM, Intel, NEC, Novell, Oracle and Red Hat, as well as many community groups, universities and industry end users. The necessary member votes are currently being taken by OSDL and FSG, and the transaction is expected to be finalized on or about February 2, 2007. (Disclosure: I am a director of, and my firm is legal counsel to, FSG...)"

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