"Work is scheduled to begin this month on the independent Open
Source Development Lab in Portland, Ore., touted by its organizers
as a place to promote open-source software collaboration and
growth. Sources close to the lab are keeping details, including the
exact location of the facility, quiet until work officially
"Organizers have been meeting weekly to make final plans,
create an organizational structure and secure a site that's
independent from the lab's backers, according to Dan Frye, program
director of IBM's Linux Technology Centers in Somers, N.Y. This
month the site will be announced, as well as the person who will be
the lab's manager."
"Clearly, hardware will not be in that time frame," said Mike
Balma, a spokesman for HP. Organizers hope to have the lab up and
running in the first quarter of next year, he said. Bill Claybrook,
an analyst at Aberdeen Group Inc. in Boston, said the lab's premise
could be a boon to future Linux development."