"Linux developers with the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL)
are getting back to full speed after last spring's interruption to
kernel development from the BitKeeper affair, and the organization
is shifting gears to focus on intellectual property and European
growth, leaving behind the SCO suits against Linux users and
providers, which are now 'dead,' OSDL CEO Stuart Cohen says.
"Speaking during an interview at OSDL's Beaverton, Ore.,
offices, Cohen explained last month's layoffs of nine individuals
across the organization's departments was necessary for the health
and new focus of the organization, which portrays itself as a
vendor-neutral guardian for Linux and employs the operating
system's creator Linus Torvalds and core kernel developers. While
some might argue the layoff of Linux developers was contrary to
OSDL's mission, Cohen defended the layoffs as a requirement of
business, which involves much more than software code..."