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April 16, 2007 at 2:50 PM

Get ready for CSI: Portland

That’s what we’ll have to call the new venture of Stuart Cohen, the former head of Portland Linux advocacy group Open Source Development Labs.

Cohen’s starting a company called Collaborative Software Initiative, or CSI, that will help big companies work together on software projects. The approach will purportedly help companies develop software for half the cost of outsourcing.

Details of the venture were released today by CSI and Kirkland-based OVP Venture Partners, which is funding the startup. OVP also has a Portland office.

Cohen left OSDL when it restructured in December, before it merged with San Francisco-based Free Standards Group to form The Linux Foundation. (I interviewed him a few years ago for a story about Portland becoming Linuxtown.)

Cohen left with an A-list of supporters, judging from today’s press release. Among those lauding CSI are open-source uber lawyer Eben Moglen, Apache co-founder Brian Behlendorf, Novell boss Ron Hovsepian and IBM open source czar Dan Frye.

A sample quote, from Frye:

CSI represents the next round of innovation for open development and will be the catalyst for bringing customers together to tackle shared IT challenges.

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