$50 Million In Funding Marks Opening Of Linux Lab
NEW MEMBERS, US$24 MILLION IN FUNDING MARK OPENING OF INDUSTRY LINUX LAB
The industry’s first independent, non-profit lab designed for developers who are adding new business-oriented capabilities to Linux* and Linux-based software opened today with the support of 19 sponsor companies and more than US$24 million in funding.
The Open Source Development Lab™ (OSDL), an 11,000-square-foot computing center in the high-tech district west of Portland, Ore., provides Linux and open source developers with access to high-end enterprise hardware and an open forum where they can build and test software for powerful servers and business computing environments.
Computer Associates, Fujitsu and Hitachi today joined original lab sponsors Hewlett-Packard Company, Intel Corporation, IBM and NEC Corporation in supporting the lab. Miracle Linux, Mitsubishi and Covalent joined original members Caldera, Dell, Linuxcare, LynuxWorks, Red Hat, SGI, SuSE, TurboLinux and VA Linux as additional contributors and sponsors. The lab is managed by an independent board and officers, as well as a full-time director and staff.
“The Open Source Development Lab provides tremendous resources that enable collaborative development of enterprise-class capabilities in Linux,” said Dr. Larry M. Augustin, president and CEO of VA Linux Systems. “Projects supported by the lab will further accelerate the acceptance of Open Source solutions in large-scale business environments.”
Initial Lab Projects Identified
The first OSDL project is a scalability project designed to enhance the Linux operating system to support 16 64-bit processors with near-linear performance improvement. The second project, identified with jabber.org, an open source company, is focused on increasing Linux TCP/IP concurrent connection support from 20,000 to greater than 64,000.
Under the lab’s charter, all projects were established according to the open source development model. The lab does not create projects; rather, it supports and accelerates existing or new projects developed by the open source community.
Supporting the Open Source Development Model
The lab houses several servers that interface with high-speed Internet communications links, providing lab access to developers around the world in order to create a single virtual lab. The companies plan to provide significant hardware updates over the next six months. Future open source development lab locations around the globe will be linked together to provide a unified virtual development environment. More information about the lab, initial projects and staff can be found at www.osdlab.org.
About Computer Associates
Computer Associates International, Inc. (NYSE: CA) delivers the most advanced and comprehensive portfolio of software solutions that manage eBusiness. CA has more than 18,000 employees worldwide and had revenue in excess of US$6 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2000. For more information, visit ca.com.
Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702)
is a leading provider of Internet- based information
technology solutions for the global marketplace. Comprising
over 500 group companies and affiliates worldwide --
including ICL, Amdahl and DMR Consulting -- it had
consolidated revenues of 5.26 trillion yen (US$49.6 billion)
in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2000. Fujitsu’s
pace-setting technologies, world-class computing and
telecommunications platforms, and global
corps of over 60,000 systems and services experts make it uniquely positioned to unleash the infinite possibilities of the Internet to help its customers succeed. Altogether, the Fujitsu Group has 188,000 employees and operations in over 100 countries. Internet: http://www.fujitsu.com.
Hewlett-Packard Company -- a leading global provider of computing and imaging solutions and services -- is focused on making technology and its benefits accessible to individuals and businesses through simple appliances, useful e-services and an Internet infrastructure that’s always on. HP has 88,500 employees worldwide and had total revenue from continuing operations of US$48.8 billion in its 2000 fiscal year. Information about HP and its products can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.hp.com.
Hitachi, Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is one of the world's leading global electronics companies, with fiscal 1999 (ended March 31, 2000) consolidated sales of 8,001 billion yen (US$75.5 billion*). The company manufactures and markets a wide range of products, including computers, semiconductors, consumer products and power and industrial equipment. For more information on Hitachi, Ltd., please visit Hitachi’s Web site at http://global.hitachi.com.
Intel, the world’s largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom.
IBM is the world’s
largest information technology company, with 80 years of
leadership in helping businesses innovate. IBM creates,
develops and manufactures the industry’s most advanced
information technologies, including computer systems,
software, networking systems,
storage devices and microelectronics. The fastest way to get more information about IBM is through the IBM home page at http://www.ibm.com.
NEC Corporation (NASDAQ: NIPNY) (FTSE: 6701q.l) is a leading provider of Internet solutions, dedicated to meeting the specialized needs of its customers in the key computer, network and electron device fields through its three market-focused in-house companies: NEC Solutions, NEC Networks and NEC Electron Devices. NEC Corporation, with its in-house companies, employs more than 150,000 people worldwide and saw net sales of 4,991 billion Yen (approx. US$48 billion) in fiscal year 1999-2000. For further information, please visit the NEC home page at http://www.nec-global.com.