Monday, January 22, 2007

Two major Linux groups to merge

Computer World

January 22, 2007 (IDG News Service) -- The two main evangelizers of the Linux operating system, Open Source Development Labs Inc. (OSDL) and Free Standards Group Inc. (FSG), are merging to form the Linux Foundation.

The two industry consortiums will announce on Monday that they're in the final stages of combining their respective operations, according to Jim Zemlin, who will head the Linux Foundation. He was the FSG's executive director.

With Linux now an established operating system presence for embedded, desktop and server systems, the primary evangelizing mission that the OSDL and FSG embarked upon in 2000 has come to an end, Zemlin said. The focus for the foundation will be to help the Linux community more effectively compete with its primary operating system rival Microsoft Corp.

Actually I think Apple has the most to fear from Linux. The day there is Linux desktop software as user-friendly as Apple the Apple price structure will be unsustainable.

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