No matter the reasons, the OSDL then merged with the Free Standards Group at the beginning of 2007 to form the Linux Foundation. Now, 18 months on, it appears that an organisation is no longer the centre of gravity for the Linux kernel - no, that role has apparently been taken on by the shiny, new head of the Foundation, Jim Zemlin.
Or as one publication puts it, Jim Zemlin: The New Center (sic) of Linux Gravity. Probably that's the impression the writer got.
As I asked in April soon after the Foundation held its annual collaboration summit with people from the IT industry, what is important - the Foundation itself and its boss or the kernel which it claims to support?
It looks like things have gone to Zemlin's head a bit; the man is now the story, not the kernel. The furious PR which he indulges in with gullible and willing US media organs to project himself and the Foundation is sickening to say the least.
The Foundation employs Linus Torvalds and some other senior developers, one among them being Ted T'so. This is the one thing that gives it legitimacy and every time this is trotted out as the reason why the Foundation should be something like Caesar's wife - beyond reproach.
The fact is, however, that either Torvalds or T'so can pick their choice of employer from among any of the big, medium-sized or small tech outfits - and rest assured, no company, which is profiting from selling Linux, will do the equivalent of killing the goose that lays the golden eggs.
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A professional journalist with decades of experience, Sam for nine years used DOS and then Windows, which led him to start experimenting with GNU/Linux in 1998. Since then he has written widely about the use of both free and open source software, and the people behind the code. His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.