The Linux Foundation promotion and standards group has included representatives from IBM, HP, Oracle, Novell, Ubuntu, and Bank of America in its first board of directors, formed following the January merger of Open Source Development Labs and the Free Standards Group.
The board includes a mix of hardware and software vendors, open source developers and users and will be responsible for leading the non-profit organization’s Linux standards and best-practice development workgroups.
The Linux Foundation is led by executive director, Jim Zemlin, who is joined on the board by 15 other members, including James Bottomley, Linux subsystem maintainer and CTO at high-availability clustering firm SteelEye.
Also on board are Dan Frye, VP of open systems development at IBM, and Christine Martino, VP of HP’s open source and Linux organization, as well as Masahiro Date, general manager at Fujitsu, Misashi Hashimoto, section manager at Hitachi, and Tsugikazu Shibata, senior manager at NEC.
Linux distribution representation comes from Marcus Rex, chief technology officer for Novell’s Linux and open source group, Mark Shuttleworth, founder of the Ubuntu project and its sponsor, Canonical, and Wim Coakaerts, who manages Oracle’s Unbreakable Linux strategy.
Processor manufacturers Intel and AMD are represented by Doug Fisher of Intel’s software and solutions group and Marc Miller, open source software expert in AMD’s Developer Outreach program.
The list is completed by Tim Golden, senior vice president of Bank of America, Brian Pawlowski, CTO of product operations at Network Appliance, Christy Wyatt, VP of ecosystem and market development for mobile platforms at Motorola, and Andy Updegrove, c-founder and partner at legal firm Gesmer Updegrove.
The Linux Foundation is responsible for the Linux Standards Base, the core specification designed to ensure compatibility between Linux distributions, as well as the Data Center Linux, Carrier Grade Linux, and Desktop Linux workgroups, and the Mobile Linux Initiative.
Other projects include internationalization and accessibility projects, efforts to protect the Linux trademark, intellectual property protection, patent pooling, and legal services.