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Linux Foundation

(Linux Foundation, San Francisco, CA, www.linux-foundation.org) A membership association devoted to fostering the Linux operating system. Sponsored by major hardware and open source vendors, it was formed by merging the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) and Free Standards Group (FSG) in 2007, both of which were dedicated to Linux and open source software. See Linux.

Open Source Development Labs (OSDL)
The OSDL was founded in 2000 to provide technical support for Linux developers, giving them access to a variety of high-end hardware to test products. In 2003, Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux, joined the OSDL to continue his development work on the Linux kernel.

Free Standards Group (FSG)
The FSG was founded in 2000 to regulate interface and internationalization standards for Linux. The Linux Foundation supports the Linux Standard Base (see LSB) and OpenI18N internationalization (see OpenI18N).
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Each communication SIG has a specific function and focus: The Linux Foundation, created by a merger between the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) and the Free Standards Group, focuses on specifications for the Linux OS; PICMG focuses on standards for ATCA hardware; the SAF focuses on middleware above the OS; and the CP-TA focuses on interoperability between different vendor implementations of hardware and software.
The Linux Foundation, the new organization formed recently from the merger of the Open Source Development Labs and the Free Standards Group, has unveiled its Carrier Grade Linux 4.0 Specification.
The Linux Foundation to be established by the Open Source Development Labs and the Free Standards Group will thus aim to foster the growth of Linux through efficient research and development activities, the two groups said.
The latest version of the Free Standards Group's Linux Standards Base is now available for public review, the first step in a process that it is hoped will make it a recognized international standard.