Open Source Development Labs, a consortium of companies seeking to accelerate adoption of the Linux operating system, has contributed $4 million to set up a legal center for nonprofit open-source projects and developers.

The Software Freedom Law Center, announced Tuesday, will be headed by Columbia University law professor Eben Moglen, who currently serves as counsel of the Free Software Foundation, the organization that created the terms under which Linux is licensed. Open Source Development Labs’ member companies include IBM Corp., Hewlett-Packard Inc. and Intel Corp.