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Enterprise Linux Today: Open Source Lab Opens for Business; Open Source Testing to Get Major Boost

Jan 24, 2001, 12:56 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Wolley)

"The first Open Source Development Lab (OSDL) is open for business in Portland, Oregon. With a US$24 million bankroll, its goal is to provide Linux and other open source developers with access to expensive high-end hardware on which they can test their software."

"First conceived of nearly three years ago by then president of SuSE, Scott McNeil, and first announced last summer by HP, Intel, IBM, and NEC, the Open Source Development Lab (OSDL) today became an operating reality. The first four companies that sponsored the OSDL have now grown to 19, and they've put up a total of US$24 million to fund it in an 11,000-square-foot computing center in the high-tech district west of Portland, Oregon."

"Computer Associates, Fujitsu, and Hitachi today became the latest companies to join the original lab sponsors. Miracle Linux, Mitsubishi and Covalent joined original members Caldera, Dell, Linuxcare, LynuxWorks, Red Hat, SGI, SuSE, TurboLinux and VA Linux as additional contributors and sponsors. The lab is managed by an independent board and officers, as well as a full-time director, and supporting staff."

"The OSDL is the industry's first independent, non-profit lab that's designed to provide open source developers with access to high-end, "enterprise-class" (expensive) hardware, so that enterprise-class open source projects can be developed and tested."

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