Not too long ago even in the Open Source community there was a debate going on whether a general purpose kernel such as Linux could be converted into a real-time kernel or not. Meanwhile it has become clear and is generally accepted, that this is, in fact, possible and that such an adapted Linux kernel is suitable in a wide variety of industrial real-time applications. To convert the Linux kernel into a real-time kernel was, among others, an important rationale when founding OSADL. Since January 2016, the Linux Foundation has been taking care of coordinating the real-time development and raising funds for it (Linux Foundation RTL Project). OSADL is contributing to this project as a Member and, as such, representing the automation industry in the consortium.