Linux supplier Turbolinux is the latest company to join the non-profit Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) to help to grow the development and adoption of Linux use in business computing.
The OSDL is a global consortium of technology companies including Cisco Systems, Computer Associates, IBM, Red Hat and SuSe.
Tokyo-based Turbolinux is one of the most widely-used Linux distributions in Asia and one of the four partner companies in the UnitedLinux consortium, which created a standardised enterprise-ready Linux distribution.
"With Turbolinux joining OSDL, we have assembled almost all the world's leading Linux distributions serving every geographic market," said Stuart Cohen, chief executive officer of the OSDL. "Its technical expertise in Asian language support, enterprise focus and local market experiences are important additions to the lab's membership."
In July, global consumer products maker Unilever, which earlier this year announced that it will move all of its IT systems to Linux during the next decade, became the first non-IT supplier to join the OSDL.
In June, the OSDL appointed Linus Torvalds, who invented Linux, as its first-ever OSDL fellow.
Also in July, the OSDL hired Andrew Morton, who was selected by Torvalds in January to maintain the upcoming Linux 2.6 kernel.
Todd Weiss writes for IDG News Service