CNET News: Linux Group Broadens Membership
Jul 25, 2003, 20:30 (3 Talkback[s])
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"The Open Source Development Lab, a group dedicated to building
high-end features into Linux, has taken its first step in a plan to
expand its membership beyond the computing industry.
"Unilever, a company with $49 billion in sales of everything
from Dove soap to Lipton tea, has become the lab's first member
that doesn't sell computing equipment, OSDL said on Thursday. The
lab has been trying to broaden its membership to include those who
use technology instead of just those who create and sell it, part
of an attempt to gain a better understanding of what features are
needed in the open-source operating system, OSDL Chief Executive
Stuart Cohen said in an earlier interview.
"OSDL was founded in August 2000 by IBM, Dell, Hewlett-Packard,
NEC, Intel, Silicon Graphics and Linux companies including Red Hat
and SuSE. The sponsorship list has since grown to include newer
Linux companies such as MontaVista Software and TimeSys, networking
companies such as Cisco Systems and Alcatel, software companies
such as Computer Associates, and telecommunications companies such
as Ericsson and Nokia..."