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TechRepublic/Gartner: OSDL seeks a faster track to Linux development

Sep 18, 2000, 22:32 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by George Weiss)

"Despite OSDL's laudable principles and its aim to ensure fair and serious consideration to all projects, a neutral, collaborative Lab run by powerful vendors, such as Intel, IBM, HP, and NEC, could succumb to rivalries among members and contributors that are not all equal sponsors. ... In addition, providing massive hardware resources does not itself guarantee more efficient breakthroughs on technically complex issues of scaling and advanced architectures, such as those in the high-end UNIX and mainframe class."

"With OSDL's declared mission that all developments must remain open source, with no allocation of intellectual property rights, Linux may still face the virtual glass ceiling. Many vendors with the know-how and accomplishments to design enterprise-class systems may have a vested interest in keeping selected accomplishments proprietary and safeguarded as valuable in order to differentiate themselves from competitors. It remains unclear to what degree they will contribute their own in time, effort, and intellectual property to make Linux a universally open operating system."

"Gartner believes that building and creating a smoothly functioning OSDL, including the software to manage the site, will require nine to 12 months. Project assignments, monitoring, review, and integration will then take another 12 months. Thus, significant advancements from OSDL in available products will likely not appear before the second half of 2002 (0.7 probability)."

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