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Linus Torvalds Joins OSDL

Linus Torvalds Joins OSDL

Linux Creator Will Devote Himself Exclusively to Linux Development

(June 17, 2003) - OSDL, a non-profit, global consortium of leading technology companies dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Linux, and Transmeta Corporation today announced that Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, will join OSDL as the first OSDL Fellow.(See Torvald's online notice about his "big news.")

As an OSDL fellow, Linus will work exclusively on leading the development of Linux, the open source software that he created in 1991 as a university student in Finland. Torvalds will dedicate himself now 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 Lab's different industry initiatives.

"It feels a bit strange to finally officially work on what I've 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," Torvalds said. "OSDL is the perfect setting for vendor-independent and neutral Linux development."

Founded in 2000, OSDL has data centers in Portland, Oregon and Yokohama, Japan used by Linux developers around the world. With investment backing from Computer Associates, Fujitsu, Hitachi, HP, IBM, Intel, NEC and others, the lab sponsors key industry projects, including industry initiatives to enhance Linux for use in corporate data centers (Data Center Linux) and in telecommunications networks (Carrier Grade Linux). OSDL is increasingly being recognized as the center-of-gravity for the Linux industry: an important and independent central body that invests in the growth and innovation of Linux for the benefit of customers.

Linux is the fastest-growing operating system in the world. Revenue for Linux-based servers grew 62% in 2002, while overall sales of servers dropped 8%, according to Gartner Dataquest, a market research company. By 2007, Gartner predicts that Linux may grab 15% of the worldwide market.

Torvalds will join OSDL on leave from Transmeta Corporation, where he is currently a Transmeta Fellow. Transmeta is an OSDL member and worked with OSDL on the transition. "Linus has made substantial technological contributions as a member of our development team here at Transmeta," said Matthew R. Perry, president and CEO, Transmeta Corporation. "Transmeta appreciates and fully supports Linus' strong interest in devoting his attention and energy to certain emerging industry-wide Open Source initiatives at OSDL."

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efliski 06/18/03 02:04:00 PM EDT

I don't recall :) But a bit more seriously, who cares about SCO? Yeap, it may take a year or so, but at the end of the day the guys are finished, "dead on arrival". Just wait and see.

And back to the point, as Linus joins OSDL, OSDL naturally takes the lead. For what is worth, apparently OSDL is going to become for the Linux community what Sun is for the Java community. For me, at this stage Linux needs that badly.

On the second thought, the jurks as those of SCO will finally have an easy target, by far more easier than IBM, for example...

Siobhan 06/18/03 08:26:00 AM EDT

Now, maybe the world will get a real desktop operating system!

BillCarter 06/18/03 08:00:00 AM EDT

Now Linus will be completely focused on his Linux coordination responsibilities and the OS should be able to move forward more quickly.

I think most people realize the SCO lawsuit is a non-issue. SCO has such a weak case and anything they do establish as having been imported from their IP will rapidly be rewritten. In fact it would likely have happened already if they would reveal where it was. I think the lawsuit will drag on for years.

Jack 06/17/03 09:34:00 PM EDT

It is a good news to all Linux supporters! But the cloud of SCO lawsuit on its intellectual property claims hasn't been cleared yet. This creates uncertainty to the future of Linux.