Linux Standards Groups Merge

Aron Schatz
January 22, 2007

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Hopefully the merging between groups that form Linux standards (such as the LSB) will allow for greater compatibility between distros and even Linux kernel versions. Not having true binary support across multiple Linux distros is bad for consumers.


Although the major commercial sellers support the LSB and it's won endorsements from software companies such as Computer Associates and Oracle, Zemlin acknowledges that there's still work to be done. "We're at bat. We haven't hit a home run," he said of LSB. "It's been around a long time and has had fits and starts." But the standardization effort is moving ahead--most recently with work being done in Russia to build certification testing software--and customers will begin requiring LSB compatibility "fairly soon," Zemlin said.


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