"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to move their ideas away from the often outdated or underpowered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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