January 22, 2007

Linux Groups to Unite Vs Microsoft


The Open Source Development Labs and the Free Standards Group, two major forces behind the drive for commercialization of Linux, will merge to form a new all-embracing group.

Due for announcement today, the new group is called Linux Foundation, which is being backed by major vendors, including IBM, HP, Oracle, Novell, and Intel. The group will have 70 vendor sponsors in all, with members, including Fujitsu, Hitachi, and NEC.

In this way, two groups committed to the business adoption of Linux will merge to streamline operations, and represent Linux versus its challengers with one voice. And the main mission of the new organization is to help the Linux community compete more effectively against its closed source opponent, Microsoft.

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