|Method||Promotion, protection, and standardization of Linux by providing unified resources and services needed for open source to successfully compete with closed platforms.|
Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) was a non-profit organization supported by a global consortium tasked to "accelerate the deployment of Linux for enterprise computing."  Founded in 2000, its goals included "to be the recognized center-of-gravity for the Linux industry." OSDL positioned itself as the "industry's first independent, non-profit lab for developers who are adding enterprise capabilities to Linux."  The headquarters was first incorporated in San Francisco but later relocated to Beaverton in Oregon with second facility in Yokohama, Japan. 
- provided hardware resources to the free software community and the open source community
- tested and reported on open source software
- employed a number of Linux developers.
It had data centers in Beaverton (Oregon, United States) and Yokohama (Japan).
OSDL had investment backers that included: 7 funders of Computer Associates, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Ltd., Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel Corporation, Nippon Electric Corporation, as well as a large collection of independent software vendors, end-user companies and educational institutions. A steering committee composed of representatives from the investment backers directed OSDL, which also had a significant staff of its own.
OSDL had established four Working Groups since 2002:
- Patent Commons, a project launched in November 2005 by the OSDL
- About OSDL at the Wayback Machine (archive index) - January 20, 2007, version was last one archived prior to the merger.
- ""Industry Leaders Including HP, Intel, IBM AND NEC Forming Open Source Development Lab For Linux"". Archived from the original on 2003-06-07. Retrieved 2017-12-01.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown ( link)"
- "Open Source Development Labs Inc". www.buzzfile.com. Retrieved 2016-10-26.
"New Linux Foundation Launches – Merger of Open Source Development Labs and Free Standards Group" (Press release). The Linux Foundation. January 22, 2007. Archived from
the original on 2007-07-02. Retrieved 2008-03-26.
Computing is entering a world dominated by two platforms: Linux and Windows.