Open Source Development Labs
|Successor||The Linux Foundation|
|Method(s)||Promotion, protection, and standardization of Linux by providing unified resources and services needed for open source to successfully compete with closed platforms.|
Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) was a non-profit organization supported by a global consortium tasked to "accelerate the deployment of Linux for enterprise computing." Founded in 2000, its goals included "to be the recognized center-of-gravity for the Linux industry."
- provided hardware resources to the free software community and the open source community
- tested and reported on open source software.
- employed a number of Linux developers.
OSDL had investment backers that included: 7 funders of Computer Associates, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Ltd., Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel Corporation, Nippon Electric Corporation, as well as a large collection of independent software vendors, end-user companies and educational institutions. A steering committee composed of representatives from the investment backers directed OSDL, which also had a significant staff of its own.
OSDL had established four Working Groups since 2002:
- Patent Commons, a project launched in November 2005 by the OSDL
- About OSDL at the Wayback Machine - January 20, 2007 version was last one archived prior to the merger.
- "New Linux Foundation Launches – Merger of Open Source Development Labs and Free Standards Group" (Press release). The Linux Foundation. January 22, 2007. Archived from the original on 2-07-2007. Retrieved 2008-03-26. "Computing is entering a world dominated by two platforms: Linux and Windows."