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 education. 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 initiatives." 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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