OSDL and FSG merge to create the Linux Foundation
Overall, in some ways it looks like the little fish is trying to swallow the big fish. FSG had a pretty small budget and a pretty limited scope. OSDL had a huge budget and a huge scope. But FSG tackled a small, hard, well defined set of problems. OSDL tried to tackle a very large, nearly unbounded set of problems. The merging of the two extremes should be good for both groups. Both are going through a little bit of culture shock, I think but all seem to be working hard to find a good working balance. I think overall this will work out for the best for Linux and Open Source in general.
The most interesting thing was a recent meeting in Palo Alto which brought together a few community members from the Linux kernel community, a bunch of vendors, and several large, corporate end users. The culture clash was apparent, even though all were on their best behaviors. But the goal was to bridge those culture gaps, make the groups aware of each others pain points, and ultimately lead to a positive working arrangement between the extremes. We'll see how that works out over time, but the first painful little step has been taken. I'm curious to see how this meeting of the extreme poles of Linux community and end users works out over time. I have high hopes, though.
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