The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) has laid off nine employees as the organisation begins a shift in focus. The layoffs include chief executive Stuart Cohen.
The company has not appointed a replacement for Cohen, but has put current chief financial officer Mike Temple in charge of everyday operations as chief operating officer. The OSDL now employs a staff of 19.
"OSDL has made some difficult decisions to align its resources to address specific projects and programmes that focus on the things that create the greatest value for its members," said Temple.
"Linux has received unprecedented market validation and continues to see unprecedented growth. As the market matures, OSDL will continue to refine its focus to meet the evolving needs of our members."
Instead of pushing Linux as a whole, the OSDL will focus on niche projects where it can have the most impact on increasing Linux adoption such as Project Portland unveiled earlier this year.
The group plans to increase its focus on legal issues such as licensing and patents, as well as promote closer collaboration between community developers, member organisations and software users.
OSDL provided the initial funding for the Software Freedom Law Center, and the group's general counsel is a director with the legal group.
The organisation also has a patent commons project that aims to assist developers and IT managers in using patents that have been pledged to open source.
OSDL employs several open source developers including Linux creator Linus Torvalds.
While it remains a "safe haven" for Torvalds as well as other key open source developers, OSDL is expected to restructure projects that develop Linux distributions addressing niche markets or applications such as carrier grade, mobile and desktop versions.
Cohen announced that he will be starting a new venture to "explore open source joint development using best practices in collaboration and building communities".
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