New Linux Foundation Must Be Part Lawyer, Part Peacemaker

Linux backers are preparing for the next phase in the competition with Microsoft by adopting a model more closely resembling Microsoft’s deep-pocketed protection of Windows.

The two most important Linux support groups, the Open Source Development Labs and the Free Standards Group, said last week they’ll merge in February to form the Linux Foundation. It’s an acknowledgement that Linux can’t afford to divide its resources for funding, legal defense, and standards. “We will be a vendor-neutral organization capable of responding to competitors’ attacks and FUD,” says Jim Zemlin, executive director of the foundation and former head of the Free Standards Group.

Link: Information Week