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ComputerWorld: Open-source development lab (OSDL) progressing in Oregon

Nov 20, 2000, 22:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Todd R. Weiss)

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"The first independent Open Source Development Lab is in the final planning stages in Portland, Ore., and is on track to open by the end of the year."

"Announced in August by a group of corporate backers including Hewlett-Packard Co., IBM, Intel Corp. and NEC Corp., the multimillion-dollar lab is envisioned as a place where Linux and other open-source developers from around the world can have free and easy access to some of the latest and fastest computer hardware for code testing and collaboration."

"We have been working on all the things we said we were," said Dan Frye, program director for IBM's Linux Technology Centers in Somers, N.Y. He said organizers are meeting weekly to find an independent site for the lab and to acquire the necessary hardware. Also being mapped out is the organizational structure of the nonprofit group that will operate the facility. "We're making progress," Frye said."

"The idea of the lab began as a place where open-source developers could have a fully equipped facility to accelerate the progress of their projects. By allowing independent developers to move their ideas away from the often outdated or underpowered hardware used in the field and instead have access to the latest computers, the lab is envisioned as a means to give the still-developing Linux operating system the resources needed to make it a key part of enterprise computing, said Mike Balma, a spokesman for HP."

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