OSDL, FSG Merge to Create Linux Foundation

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 01-21-2007

The Open Source Development Labs and the Free Standards Group are merging to form the Linux Foundation, which will provide services that allow open-source products to effectively compete with those of proprietary platforms like Microsoft Windows.

The new Linux Foundation will be led by Jim Zemlin, the former executive director of the FSG and who told eWEEK that the two organizations were coming together under one roof to create a new dynamic in the market that would protect, promote and standardize the Linux platform.

The merger is pending ratification by the two organizations' respective memberships and is expected to be completed in early February.

"The combination of the two groups really enables the Linux platform and all the members of the Linux Foundation to work really effectively," Zemlin said in an interview.

"I clearly understand what the charter of the organization needs to be: we need to provide services that are useful to the community and industry, as well as protect, promote and continue to standardize the platform," he said.

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