I’m very impressed with the results of the early work being done at the new Linux Foundation, which is OSDL+FSG with a leaner focus on getting things done.
Working in civil society, quango’s, non-profits or consortia is extremely difficult – money is always tight, it’s not as clear what the metrics of success should be, and it’s often hard to get consensus from a critical mass of players on what needs to be done. So I think it’s a credit to the folks who setup the new entity that they have been able to narrow the focus substantially and get buy-in from all the major players on the goals for 2007.
I’ve been nominated for and elected to, and have accepted, a seat on the board of the Linux Foundation, not in my capacity as founder of Ubuntu or via Canonical, but as an independent representative of the free software and Linux community. I’ll endeavor to wear that hat as effectively as possible in the role!
I’m not a great fan of consortia – they are always at risk of being divided by their own membership, but I agreed to take on this role because I think the management have a mandate from the funders to deliver something that’s really important for free software – an open process of standardisation that delivers results in competitive time frames. I’ll do my best to help them achieve that.