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The Open Source Automation Development Lab eG (OSADL) was founded on December 8, 2005 and assigned the cooperative register number 440085 at the Stuttgart, Germany, District Court in August 2006. It accepts members from anywhere in the world.

The general goal of the OSADL is to promote and coordinate the development of open source software for the machine, machine tool, and automation industry. Among others, the OSADL is acting as a "purchase community" of Open Source software, i.e. the membership fees are used to delegate the development of Open Source software projects that a majority of the members is requesting for or agreeing to. As of March 2013, the more than 40 member companies[1] are machine manufacturers, manufacturers of automation hardware and software, semiconductor companies, user associations and Open Source software service providers.

Preamble of the articles of incorporation of the cooperative[edit]

"The automation industry and its suppliers are profiting greatly from Open Source operating systems such as Linux since they guarantee long production cycles, rapid troubleshooting and the independence of individual software manufacturers. However, this branch requires specific expansions of the operating system such as real-time capabilities, the compatibility with these expansions must be certifiable, and standardized software interfaces must be available. The development of these requirements is the goal of the Open Source Automation Development Lab (OSADL)."[2]

Working groups and projects[edit]

  • Ingo Molnár's and Thomas Gleixner's Linux Real-time Preempt Patches (aka PREEMPT_RT)
  • Kernel-based Virtual Machine and Real-time Preempt Patches
  • Critical Safety Linux
  • Universal industrial I/O framework
  • Upstream submission of kernel components to Mainline Linux
  • Conformance tests of board support packages
  • Tools and libraries to facilitate the migration to Linux
  • Quality assurance of the Linux kernel and its real-time capabilities in a "QA Farm"
  • License Compliance Audit to help companies follow the obligations of Open Source licenses


The relevance of the Linux operating system for embedded systems and OSADL's role to foster its real-time capabilities are recognized.[3]


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