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The Oregonian: Groundbreaking location - Linux Test Lab Opens in Beaverton, OR

Jan 24, 2001, 18:08 (1 Talkback[s])
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"The Open Source Development Lab will open today in a business park next to IBM's Beaverton campus. Sponsors of the lab, who originally aimed to open it before the end of 2000, opted against establishing the lab at Portland State University in light of high costs to upgrade electrical supply there."

"Intel, for one, is looking to make Linux a mainstay on its 64-bit Itanium processor... "This is rockin' and rollin'," said Will Swope, vice president of Intel's solutions enabling group. "We already have projects under way, and the industry is continuing to give us good support."

"Tim Witham, formerly Intel's Linux program manager, will become the lab's executive director, responsible for implementing policy, making funding decisions and helping to select projects. Witham stressed that the lab sponsors' were committed to maintaining the lab's independence, with all project being established according to the open source model."

"Linus Torvalds, the Finnish programmer who originally created Linux, said in an e-mail response to questions that he had little concern that the lab's commercial sponsors would hijack the future direction of Linux development, a worry that many open-source programmers have expressed. "The labs will probably have resources that many others don't have, which is good," Torvalds said. "Will they take over? No. They'll have their projects, and they'll contribute their way. Will it change Linux? Sure. That's the whole point, I'd hope."

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