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Open Source Development Labs

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Open Source Development Labs
SuccessorLinux Foundation
Type501(c)(6) organization
FocusLinux kernel, open source movement
Area served
MethodPromotion, 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 consortium to promote Linux for enterprise computing.[1] Founded in 2000, OSDL positioned itself as an independent, non-profit lab for developers who are adding enterprise capabilities to Linux.[2] The headquarters was first incorporated in San Francisco but later relocated to Beaverton in Oregon with second facility in Yokohama, Japan.[3]

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.[4]


OSDL sponsored projects, including industry initiatives to enhance Linux for use in corporate data centres, 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 five Working Groups since 2002:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ About OSDL at the Wayback Machine (archive index) - January 20, 2007, version was last one archived prior to the merger.
  2. ^ "Industry Leaders Including HP, Intel, IBM AND NEC Forming Open Source Development Lab For Linux". Archived from the original on 2003-06-07. Retrieved 2017-12-01.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)"
  3. ^ "Open Source Development Labs Inc". www.buzzfile.com. Retrieved 2016-10-26.
  4. ^ "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 2007-07-02. Retrieved 2008-03-26. Computing is entering a world dominated by two platforms: Linux and Windows.