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CGL group rev’s leadership, charter, policies

Nov 1, 2007 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

The Linux Foundation's (LF's) Carrier Grade Linux working group has a new chairman. Dan Cauchy has 16 years of technical and management experience in the telecom, data networking, and service provider industries, and currently serves as MontaVista's director of marketing for carrier and mobile products.

Cauchy takes over from Glenn Seiler, of Wind River (and formerly of MontaVista). Cauchy noted, “Glenn will continue to be involved. It's the same cast of characters. In the past, we've revisited [the chairman role] every 12 to 18 months, and I expect the same thing to happen in the future.”

Cauchy said that in addition to a change of leaders, the CGL working group has also changed its charter. And, another change: the mailing lists have been opened to the public.

According to Cauchy, the CGL's new charter includes two key alterations. One is to work closely with the SCOPE Alliance, an industry group that has been gaining lots of momentum lately. “We have joint meetings with SCOPE in Tokyo in December,” Cauchy said, adding, “We received the Scope Alliance gap analysis [and] we are restarting technical work.”

The other key modification to the CGL working group's charter is a new, explicitly stated goal of integrating all of the group's work with the mainline Linux kernel. “Whatever features and specs we decide on, we want them implemented in the mainline. The LF is here to help us make sure of that,” Cauchy said.

Cauchy added, “For example, we pioneered the real-time stuff. Real-time is a feature that CGL has been pushing for years, and is finally in mainline.”

Cauchy admitted that the CGL working group lost some momentum during the OSDL/LF merger. “We went through a six month dark period. For a while, there was no initiative manager, and we were in a wait and see mode. But, in the last two months, we've rejuvenated.”

More about the Carrier Grade Linux working group, including its new charter and open mailing lists, can be found on its website, here.

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