OSDL eyes datacenter-grade Linux

Seeking to spur development of more business applications for Linux, Open Source Development Lab officials at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo Tuesday stressed intentions to make the platform more viable for datacenters and carriers and detailed initiatives intended to meet these goals.

OSDL announced the formation of the Data Center Linux (DCL) Working Group as part of a plan to make the OS more viable for the financial services industry. Subsequently, OSDL hopes to pursue Linux development for the manufacturing and health care sectors.

The working group announced publication of the Data Center Linux Technical Scope White Paper, identifying the group's effort, and the Data Center Linux Requirements Definition V0.5, defining platform requirements through a list of features and setting goals for functionality, hardening, and conformance to standards.

OSDL CFO Murray Berkowitz, also senior vice president of advanced technology at Computer Associates International Inc., said the organization wants to make sure mission-critical applications are available for Linux.

"The datacenter Linux is a real key area for us, and it's key for a lot of our member companies," Berkowitz said. ODSL wants financial services organizations and others to achieve the reliability and scalability needed to move more applications onto Linux for use in business, he said.

OSDL has Linux working on 16- and 32-processor systems to simulate requirements, he said.

The organization also announced delivery of a Carrier Grade Linux Requirements Definition V1.0 and Carrier Grade Linux Architecture Specification V1.0.

OSDL also is planning a Linux validation specification.

A conference attendee said Linux already is suitable for datacenters and carriers. Initiatives, such as what OSDL is proposing, come and go, said the attendee, Henry Alubowicz, a Linux user since 1995 who has worked as a systems administrator for a variety of companies.

The OSDL initiatives represent where everyone wants to go with Linux, Alubowicz said. "Whether people are adherents to Linux or not, their customers are demanding it," Alubowicz saidAdditionally, OSDL, which has members such as IBM Corp., Intel Corp., Cisco Systems Inc., and Red Hat Inc., announced the addition of Force Computers Inc. as a member.

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