Torvalds Joins OSDL

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-06-17 Print this article Print

Linux founder and lead developer Linus Torvalds will join the Open Source Development Lab (OSDL) as its first full-time fellow, working exclusively on driving the development of the open-source operating system.

Linux founder and lead developer Linus Torvalds will join the Open Source Development Lab (OSDL) as its first full-time fellow, working exclusively on driving the development of the open-source operating system. The OSDL, which is located in Beaverton, Oregon, has been putting the current 2.5 Linux kernel through its paces with rigorous testing ahead of the release of the next 2.6 kernel update. The Lab was founded in 2000 with the goal of accelerating the growth and adoption of Linux in the enterprise. Torvalds will join OSDL on leave from Transmeta Corporation, where he is currently a Transmeta Fellow. Transmeta is an OSDL member and worked with the Lab on the transition.
"Linus has made substantial technological contributions as a member of our development team here at Transmeta and we appreciate and fully support Linuss strong interest in devoting his attention and energy to certain emerging industry-wide open source initiatives at OSDL," said Transmeta CEO Matthew Perry in a statement.
Stuart Cohen, the CEO at OSDL, said that Torvalds would dedicate himself full-time to guiding a distributed team of thousands of Linux developers around the world. "At OSDL, he will have hands-on access to its state-of-the-art computing resources and test facility. He will also help set priorities and direction for the Labs different industry initiatives," he said. "Linuss decision to accept our invitation to join us is a confirmation of the importance of our mission. OSDL is the only organization where Linux developers, customers and vendors can all participate as equals. The addition of Linuss perspective and guidance to the Lab will enhance our value to all three of these groups," he said. In a statement released on Tuesday, Torvalds said that "it feels a bit strange to finally officially work on what Ive been doing for the last twelve years, but with the upcoming 2.6.x release it makes sense to be able to concentrate fully on Linux. OSDL is the perfect setting for vendor-independent and neutral Linux development." The lab, which receives investment backing from Computer Associates, Fujitsu, Hitachi, HP, IBM, Intel, NEC and others, has worked on industry initiatives to enhance Linux for use in corporate data centers as well as in telecommunications networks. Figures from research firm Gartner Dataquest show that Linux is the fastest-growing operating system in the world. Revenue for Linux-based servers grew 62 percent in 2002, while overall server sales dropped 8 percent. Gartner predicts that Linux may account for some 15 percent of the worldwide market by 2007.
Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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