As lead maintainer of the Linux production kernel, Morton works closely with Torvalds, the various kernel subsystem maintainers, Linux distributions, hardware vendors and other key parties to ensure that the production kernel meets their needs. Morton is also responsible for ensuring that the production kernel is stable and offers good performance. He is the final arbiter over technical and business issues for the inclusion of patches into the production kernel."About 1,800 changes have gone through my hands and that path in the 2.5 series," he said, adding that a pre-kernel release is likely within weeks. Morton was previously a software engineer and product development manager at Nortel Networks. Prior to that, he was managing director of an Australian-based personal computing company. Torvalds welcomed Mortons move to the OSDL. "Its great that both Andrew and I can work full time on Linux through OSDL. Now the maintainers of both the development kernel and the stable kernel have the support of a vendor-neutral organization committed to advancing Linux", he said in a statement. OSDLs Cohen said the Lab remains committed to supporting the work of engineers like Morton and to accelerating the use of Linux. It is putting its "money where its mouth was," not just on the development side but also with the IT vendors and the end-user community. "We are clearly being recognized as the center of gravity for Linux and are in the midst of forming a customer end-user advisory council to look at the business proposition of Linux and what users need from a full value chain if you will to implement Linux enterprise wide," he said. The first session of the advisory council will take place in New York on July 24 and is expected to have 12 members from a range of industries, including financial and retail, as well as industry analysts, Cohen said.
"For the past 18 months I have been running an alternate kernel, like a mini-Linus, and incorporating a range of changes from a variety of sources. Once I feel these are suitable for merging and are stabilized, I send them to Linus.