Standards are becoming an increasingly important issue for Linux and other open source projects, and there are a number of organizations focused on open source standards. The best way to illustrate the value of The Linux Foundation and other open source standards organizations is to look at some examples of successful standards that have emerged for Linux. One of the best examples is Carrier Grade Linux (CGL), which is a standard that focuses on the use of Linux in extremely high availability situations for telecommunications applications. CGL started at the Open Source Developer Lab (OSDL) back in 2002 and is currently a part of The Linux Foundation with the CGL 4.0 specifications. I remember talking to people when the CGL project first started. Many people were highly skeptical that Linux would ever be used in any serious carrier grade applications, and it seemed like an almost insurmountable hurdle. Through the cooperation of many vendors and organizations like The Linux Foundation, CGL has become a reality, and it is being used by many companies in the telecommunications industry. Many people consider CGL to be the first commercial success for enterprise Linux. For a more detailed description of the impact, current progress and history of CGL, Electronics Weekly has a nice summary. CGL is just one example, but The Linux Foundation has over a dozen other workgroups where companies and individuals are collaborating to solve complex Linux issues.
In the video below, Dirk Hohndel, Chief Linux and Open Source Technologist at Intel, discusses the importance of standards organizations, like The Linux Foundation, which provide a neutral place for companies and individuals to work together on open source efforts. Dirk goes on to talk about Intel’s involvement in key standards organizations along with some thoughts on the future of open source at Intel.
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