IBM, HP, Intel, NEC set up Linux lab

IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, and NEC are organising a laboratory for developers who are adding enterprise capabilities to Linux. It is the industry’s first independent, non-profit lab devoted to such work.

The lab will be near Portland, Oregon, and is expected to open at the end of the year. The four main companies will provide equipment and funding to the lab over the next several years. Other contributors and sponsors of the lab include Caldera, Dell, Linuxcare, LynuxWorks, Red Hat, SGI, SuSE, TurboLinux and VA Linux.

The lab, currently under formation, will provide open source developers with an environment for sharing ideas and innovations. It will support existing industry projects that use open source licenses and are established according to today’s open source development model.

It will not create new projects. Instead, it will help accelerate existing or new projects developed by the open source community. The initial lab projects will be announced later in the year after a process for choosing projects is co-ordinated with the open source community. Initial projects are expected to range from tools development to kernel projects that advance the enterprise capabilities of Linux.

The lab will be governed by an independent board and management structure, and will consist of members from the open source community, as well as representatives of sponsor companies. An independent executive director employed by the lab will implement policy, make funding decisions and work with the open source community to select projects.

For its part, IBM recently announced that it will invest more than $200 million in the Asia Pacific region to help customers and software vendors increase productivity within the Linux operating environment.

The activity, over the next four years, will include Linux Development Centres, Linux Competency Centres, alliances with Linux-focused business partners, Linux research and development and other programs. Also, more than 300 specialised Linux consultants, hardware and software specialists, researchers, product developers and services professionals will be deployed.

Development centres to help software vendors port their applications to the Linux environment will be in Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing, Taipei, Seoul, Bangalore and Sydney. Linux developers can get in contact with the centres and access other Linux resources through the new IBM Linux Website for Asia Pacific (www.ibm.com/linux/ap).

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