Open Source Development Labs

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Successor The Linux Foundation
Founded 2000
Dissolved 2007
Type 501(c)(6) organization
Focus Linux kernel
Area served
Method 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."[1] Founded in 2000, its goals included "to be the recognized center-of-gravity for the Linux industry."

On January 22, 2007, OSDL and the Free Standards Group merged to form The Linux Foundation, narrowing their respective focuses to that of promoting Linux in competition with Microsoft Windows.[2]


OSDL sponsored key industry projects, including industry initiatives to enhance Linux for use in corporate data centers, in telecommunications networks, and on desktop computers. It also:

Its employees included Linus Torvalds, the first OSDL fellow, and Bryce Harrington. In 2005, Andrew "Tridge" Tridgell was the second OSDL fellow for a year.

It had data centers in Beaverton, Oregon, United States and Yokohama, Japan.

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.

Working Groups[edit]

OSDL had established four Working Groups since 2002:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ About OSDL at the Wayback Machine - January 20, 2007 version was last one archived prior to the merger.
  2. ^ "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.  Check date values in: |archive-date= (help)