Vol 72 Issue 2 2004-02-09 Article 12244 from section "Free and Open Source Software"

Consortium Aims to Foster Wider Adoption of Linux for Enterprise Use

Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) has issued Data Center Linux (DCL)
Technical Capabilities, version 1.0, a set of technical guidelines for
the use of the open source operating system in running mission-critical
enterprise applications on server platforms. With this document, and the
forthcoming DCL requirements document for use by Linux distributors,
enterprise users and developers of the Linux kernel, OSDL hopes to
promote the adoption of Linux for large-scale IT initiatives.

John Blau of IDG News Service reported that the OSDL DCL Technical
Capabilities is the work of current OSDL member companies and interested
individuals and defines over 300 prioritized capabilities. They are
organized into seven categories:

- Scalability

- Performance

- Reliability/availability/scalability (RAS)

- Manageability

- Clusters

- Standards

- Security and usability

Priorities for each capability were assigned with the help of feedback
from industry leaders and end-users.

An industry group, made up of such industry heavyweights as Dell, IBM,
Intel, Hewlett-Packard and Sun, is examining the use of Linux on edge,
application and database servers.

OSDL, which was founded as a nonprofit organization in 2000, operates
test facilities in the U.S. and Japan. In January 2004, the group
welcomed its first Chinese member, Beijing Co-Create Open Source
Software Co.

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