A set of standards from the Open Source Development Labs is intended to promote the open-source operating system in corporate data centers.
OSDL on Thursday said the document, named Data Center Linux (DCL) Technical Capabilities version 1.0, aims to establish guidelines for using Linux, an open-source operating system, in corporate data centers. The group hopes that the standards will help encourage businesses to consider Linux for large-scale information technology initiatives. The enterprise Linux blueprint is the result of input from a number of OSDL's members, which include IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Sun Microsystems and Red Hat.
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OSDL "defined Linux capabilities and assigned priorities based on what companies need in Linux to support demanding, enterprise-class applications such as high-end online transaction processing and decision support," Steve Geary, chair of the DCL Working Group, said in a statement.
Geary, who is also director of Linux Engineering at HP, said OSDL wants to gather feedback on the standard before drawing up its document for data center requirements. The group is making the DCL Technical Capabilities guidelines available at its Web site.
In addition to testing and developing the Linux kernel, OSDL's lab directs a number of projects aimed at creating enterprise-focused Linux applications, including database software and a specialized version of Linux for the telecommunications industry. The OSDL also employs and provides legal representation for Linux founder and leader Linus Torvalds.