OSDL Tackles Enterprise-Grade Linux

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The Open Source Development Lab (OSDL) this week announced their plan to create enterprise-grade specifications for the use of Linux in corporate data centers and for telecommunications carriers. The non-profit consortium of technology vendors also announced the addition of new members, as well as the creation of a working group focused on the development of carrier-grade Linux.

OSDL president Ross Mauri, who made the announcements at Linux World in New York, said in a statement, "Customers will now have the choice of industry standards-based solutions as a welcome alternative to proprietary offerings." Mauri is also vice president for eServer development at IBM.

At the announcement, Martin Fink, vice president of the OSDL board of directors, and general manager of the Linux systems operation at Hewlett-Packard, says the group would "create the infrastructure that enables vendors to create the value-add" in an open standards-based environment where different vendor offerings can interoperate successfully.

The group is planning publication of its carrier-grade 1.0 specifications around August, and expects to see compliant products available from vendors before the end of the year. Announcement of the data-center working group participants and its roadmap is expected in the first quarter of this year.

Twenty-two vendors are participating in the OSDL, including Caldara, Cisco, Computer Associates, HP, IBM, Intel, Nokia, Red Hat, SuSE and VA Software. OSDL development labs are located near Portland, Ore., and Tokyo.

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