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OSDL restructures; CEO leaves, nine employees dismissed

By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier on December 04, 2006 (8:00:00 AM)

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The Open Source Development Labs has announced a restructuring, including the departure of CEO Stuart Cohen and layoffs of nine employees working for the organization. Mike Temple, the current CFO of OSDL, will be taking over as the chief operating officer.

Linus Torvalds, whose work on the Linux kernel is sponsored by OSDL, was not affected by the job cuts. OSDL has 19 full-time employees remaining after the layoffs. The company has not said how many contractors are still working with OSDL.

No one from OSDL was available to speak for this story, but OSDL did send out a statement with information about the job cuts and restructuring. According to the statement, OSDL is going to continue to provide a "safe haven" for key open source developers, including Torvalds.

According to OSDL's announcement, which is not yet online, Cohen says that he is leaving to pursue other open source opportunities. "I'm looking forward to forming a venture to explore open source joint development using best practices in collaboration and building communities."

OSDL is also planning to expand its focus on providing legal support for Linux and open source, including its Patent Commons initiatives, Open Source as Prior Art (OSAPA), and the Linux Legal Defense Fund.

According to the statement released by OSDL, the organization is still healthy, with 70 members worldwide and "customer advisory councils in key regions." However, OSDL is "refocusing our scope of work to better align resources with our revenues so we have the most market impact possible."

OSDL sponsors several working groups that focus on various areas of Linux deployment, including the Carrier Grade Linux, Mobile Linux Initiative, and Desktop work group.

This is not the first time the nonprofit organization has laid off staff. OSDL also underwent a restructuring last year and laid off nine employees.

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money talks

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on December 05, 2006 12:48 PM
Evidently some of the lab's sponsors must've started asking questions like: what are all these people doing? Working on carrier grade Linux? Mobile Linux? Gee, those don't sound like projects that have any relevance to my company. Can't they be better managed by for-profit startups releasing code under a dual license? And what are we getting for our money anyway?

Now, the big players do care that Linus Torvalds doesn't go to work for one of their rivals, but a 30 person outfit is a bit much just to ensure that Linus remains employed by a high-tech Switzerland. Maybe some college like UC Berkeley or Stanford can offer him a research job.

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Oh no

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on December 05, 2006 03:44 AM
I hope this does not affect OSDL negatively.<nobr> <wbr></nobr>:(

I hope it somehow ends up having a positive effect.

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Re:Oh no

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on December 05, 2006 10:03 AM
Perhaps they'll stop calling RMS an extremist. That would be positive.

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Re:Oh no

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on December 05, 2006 04:57 PM
Perhaps they will cut off any communication with FSF. That would be even more positive.

DG

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When will the shill be planted?

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on December 05, 2006 11:02 AM
So will this mean there's a new CEO shortly which loves Microsoft and makes a deal with them?

Reminds me of what I read about Novell's new CEO and Microsoft deal following and Corel's new CEO way back when and a Microsoft deal following

I have to wonder, with a tin foil hat, where Microsoft doesn't embrace/extend.

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Re:When will the shill be planted?

Posted by: Administrator on December 05, 2006 09:23 PM
Calm down Buckwheat. They run off of donations from the corporate world. It's like a university grant system. You either get it or you don't. Got nothing to do with Microsoft because they aren't funding anything but the SCO's of the world.

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