OSDL Creates New College and University Affiliate Program

Leading international Linux advocacy consortium targets higher education -

Marist College, Oregon State, Stanford, Tokyo University and Waseda University

first to join

Jun 30, 2004, 01:00 ET from Open Source Development Labs, Inc.

    BEAVERTON, Ore., June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The Open Source Development Labs
 (OSDL), a global consortium of leading technology companies dedicated to
 accelerating the adoption of Linux, today announced a new Lab membership
 initiative dedicated to supporting qualifying institutions of higher
     The new program is designed to attract affiliates among colleges and
 universities interested in Linux research and deployment. The first
 institutions joining OSDL under the new program are Marist College, Oregon
 State University, Stanford University, Tokyo University of Technology and
 Waseda University in Japan.
     "Higher education is the incubator for tomorrow's technology breakthroughs
 and this is especially true for Linux," said Stuart Cohen, CEO of OSDL. "We
 want to encourage broader deployment of Linux among colleges and universities
 as well as to facilitate research to drive advances in Linux technology.  This
 new affiliate program will make it easy and attractive for colleges and
 universities around the world to join OSDL and participate in our
     Linux itself began as the project of a computer science student, Linus
 Torvalds, at the University of Helsinki in 1991.
     Under the new program, accredited universities and colleges can join OSDL
 as Affiliates and participate along with their corporate peers in initiatives
 such as the OSDL Carrier Grade Linux, Data Center Linux and Desktop Linux
 working groups.  The goal is to provide a forum where commercial Linux vendors
 and the academic Linux community can come together to share ideas and address
 common problems.  In addition, university researchers can access the OSDL's
 data center computing facilities in the United States and Japan.
     "Joining OSDL is an important strategic move in supporting further
 innovation, research and competitiveness in open source development," said
 Dennis J. Murray, president of Marist College.  "Through cooperation with
 OSDL, Marist can expand our work with businesses, government agencies, Linux
 developers, IT vendors, and other universities to help prepare our students to
 take advantage opportunities presented by the global growth of Linux."
     "Our students and faculty benefit from using Linux and we're pleased to
 join OSDL to contribute back to the Linux community," said Joe Little,
 principal systems architect, Electrical Engineering, Stanford University.  "We
 anticipate that interaction with IT vendors, Linux developers, corporate end-
 users, and other universities will be beneficial to our university community."
     OSDL is working with participating colleges and universities on a program
 to advance Linux by:
     -- Providing a vendor neutral environment for collaboration
     -- Linking universities with industry to improve opportunities for
        research projects and student placement
     -- Creating a forum for cross-institutional sharing of curriculum and
        other academic issues related to open source
     -- Providing insight on open source projects that are well suited for
        higher education development
     -- Fostering dialog between University and Commercial CIOs
     Beyond working group participation, college and university affiliates will
 participate in a "Linux in higher-education" forum hosted by OSDL.  This
 program will begin as an on-line forum, but is expected to expand into
 regularly scheduled conferences hosted at member institutions' campuses. This
 forum will allow member institutions to exchange information on a range of
 topics including:
     -- Discuss issues and topics specific to academia
     -- Propose projects for grant consideration by other members
     -- Solicit guest lecturers
     About Open Source Development Labs (OSDL)
     OSDL -- home to Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux -- is dedicated to
 accelerating the growth and adoption of Linux. Founded in 2000 by CA, Hitachi,
 HP, IBM, Intel and NEC, OSDL is a non-profit organization at the center of
 Linux supported by a global consortium of more than 40 of the world's largest
 Linux customers and IT industry leaders. OSDL sponsors industry-wide
 initiatives around Linux in telecommunications, in the enterprise data center
 and on corporate desktops. The Lab also provides Linux expertise and computing
 and test facilities in the United States and Japan available to developers
 around the world. Visit OSDL on the Web at http://www.osdl.org/.
     OSDL is a trademark of Open Source Development Labs, Inc. Linux is a
 trademark of Linus Torvalds. Third party marks and brands are the property of
 their respective holders.

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