Feeds

Linux lobby pitches single standards camp

Penguin pool

The essential guide to IT transformation

Two vendor-backed Linux groups will join forces today to get more sway over the standards and direction taken by the open source OS.

The Open Source Developer Labs (OSDL) and the Free Standards Group (FSG) will become a single entity called the Linux Foundation. The organisation will aim to accelerate take up of enterprise Linux by sponsoring developers - including Linus Torvalds - and standardising applications across the different distributions.

In December OSDL parted company with its CEO and laid off staff in a bid to focus on providing legal support to the Linux community. Erstwhile, FSG chief Jim Zemlin will lead about 45 employees at the foundation as executive director.

Zemlin hopes a single body will help Linux in its battle with Microsoft. He said: "While being managed under one roof has given Windows some consistency, Linux offers freedom of choice, customisation and flexibility without forcing customers into vendor lock-in."

"The Linux Foundation helps in the next stage of Linux growth by organising the diverse companies and constituencies of the Linux ecosystem to promote, protect, and standardise Linux."

The standardisation effort will come under the auspices of the FSG's Linux Standard Base, including the OSDL's Portland Project to bring the KDE and Gnome desktops together.

The Linux Foundation is here. ®

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

More from The Register

next story
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies
You can try turning them off and on again
Linux turns 23 and Linus Torvalds celebrates as only he can
No, not with swearing, but by controlling the release cycle
Scratched PC-dispatch patch patched, hatched in batch rematch
Windows security update fixed after triggering blue screens (and screams) of death
This is how I set about making a fortune with my own startup
Would you leave your well-paid job to chase your dream?
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.