The group's objectives were developed by representatives from freedesktop.org, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Novell, OSDL, Red Hat and Sun Microsystems, according to the OSDL.
The OSDL employs Linus Torvalds, the father and lead developer of the Linux kernel. While most other kernel releases have focused on enterprise server improvements, Torvalds and the kernel team placed an increased emphasis on integrating desktop enhancements in the recently released Linux 2.6 kernel.
The desktop initiative joins the OSDL's existing Data Center Linux (DCL) and Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) working groups, the OSDL said.
Several mainstream vendors including Sun, SUSE and Red Hat are vying for leadership in the nascent desktop Linux market. Research firm IDC estimates, for instance, that nearly 3 percent of new desktop units shipped today run Linux.