The Open Source Development Labs and the Free Standards Group, two consortia dedicated to the advancement of Linux, have agreed to merge and form The Linux Foundation.

The objective of the merger is to accelerate the growth of Linux by providing services that can compete against closed platforms. By organizing the companies that stand behind Linux into an effective driving force, the idea is to promote and standardize Linux by employing a shared resources strategy model to collaborate on platform development. In parallel, the ideal result for end-users will be an enhanced experience with Linux software.

The timing of the merger could not have been better given Linux’s rapid growth in server, desktop and embedded usage across the globe. Access to faster demand-side learning, better security and shorter development cycle are necessary in order for Linux to survive in the marketplace. The merger is designed to attain these priorities.