Layoffs at OSDL?

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2006-12-04 Print this article Print

Sources say Open Source Development Labs has laid off a chunk of its engineering staff.

According to sources, the Open Source Development Labs has laid off a significant chunk of its engineering staff. Sources said the OSDL—the sponsor of Linus Torvalds, the creator of the Linux kernel, and other key developers—on Dec. 4 laid off a sizable portion of its engineering staff in a move that the sources said left the OSDLs Beaverton, Ore., offices a "ghost town."
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Stuart Cohen, chief executive of the OSDL, did not return a call left for him at his office Dec. 4. However, Jennifer Cloer, a spokeswoman for the organization, said she would have a statement on the status OSDL at 10:30 PT. The OSDL mission is to accelerate the deployment of Linux for enterprise computing through enterprise-class testing and other technical support for the Linux development community; marshalling of Linux-industry resources to focus investment on areas of greatest need, thereby eliminating inhibitors to growth; and "practical guidance to … members—vendors and end users alike—on working effectively with the Linux development community," the OSDLs Web site said. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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