The Open Source Development Labs has cut a sixth of its staff as part of a re-organisation, but senior programmer Linus Torvalds is not among those culled.
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The US-based organisation has cut nine out of 57 jobs, including programmers, as part of its move to establish a European office and expand into Korea and China, where Linux and other open source activity is growing rapidly.
Sales, marketing and business development are other departments that have been affected.
As well as continuing to internally develop the Linux operating system for desktops, servers and other equipment such as network kit, the OSDL works with IT suppliers and Linux customers to promote open source options.