OSDL Proposes Corporate Linux Desktop Plans
Open Source Development Labs on Tuesday unveiled a working group that will provide guidance to open-source efforts for corporate Linux desktops.As the Linux community gathers for this weeks LinuxWorld tradeshow in New York, it looks that everyone who is anyone in Linux is doing desktops. To help the push, Open Source Development Labs on Tuesday announced the launch of a new Desktop Linux Working Group initiative focused on greater use of Linux on enterprise desktops. Open Source Development Labs is a consortium dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Linux. The group said its initiative was created in response to its member companies and groups concerns surrounding desktop Linux. OSDLs goal is to create a forum where a range of desktop usage models can be studied. The initiative will also offer recommendations on improvements to encourage broader adoption of Linux. Recently, Linux desktops have jumped into popularity, with many small companies, such as Xandros Corp., launching business desktops at LinuxWorld. In addition, independent open-source developers, including Bruce Perens with UserLinux, are also devoting their time to create enterprise-class desktop Linux distributions.
However, unlike Perenss Gnome-based efforts, where the effort is to create a Linux desktop, the Desktop Linux Working Groups charter is to work with the open-source community to identify a broad set of Linux desktop models. Once that is done, the working group will develop specifications and deliver reference implementations.