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  Linux Standard Base - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Linux Standard Base, or LSB, is a joint project by several GNU/Linux distributions under the organizational structure of The Free Standards Group to standardize the internal structure of Linux-based operating systems.
For example, the LSB specifies that software packages should be delivered in Red Hat's RPM format, which was invented much later than Debian's deb package format, and the Debian developers are not likely to change their format, which they (and others) perceive as superior.
2.0: LSB is modularized to LSB-Core, LSB-CXX, LSB-Graphics, LSB-I18n (not released).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Linux_Standard_Base   (644 words)

 Linux Standard Base Launched - NewsFactor Network   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The Free Standards Group, a nonprofit organization focused on developing and promoting open-source software standards, has officially launched Linux Standard Base (LSB) 2.0, which includes a new application binary interface (ABI) for the C++ programming format and support for 32- and 64-bit hardware architectures.
The LSB demonstrates that Linux has entered the mainstream as a software development platform ahead of schedule, the analyst said, noting that IDC projected in 1997 that Linux would achieve mainstream status in all markets by the end of 2005.
The standard will help those suppliers minimize their costs, help users by providing confidence in the interoperability of applications based on Linux, and give hardware vendors tested, proven technologies.
www.newsfactor.com /perl/story/26946.html   (719 words)

 Linux Standard Base FAQ   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
When the LSB environment is implemented on a wide range of platforms, all developers will reap the benefit of writing their application without having to handle any special cases for any particular platform.
This LSB had to provide a minimum of functionality, but has deliberately incorporated the minimum feature set so that it is feasible to use, and, perhaps more difficult, that it can be reviewed and approved in a reasonable amount of time.
LSB Conformance is not be be confused with LSB Compliance or LSB Certificaiton.
hackers.progeny.com /lsb/website/FAQ.html   (4811 words)

 NOVELL: Cool Solutions: Understanding and Using the Linux Standard Base
linux:~ # rpm -ihv lsb-build-base-2.1.1-1.i486.rpm linux:~ # rpm -ihv lsb-appchk-2.1.0-1.i486.rpm linux:~ # rpm -ihv lsb-build-cc-2.1.1-1.i486.rpm
As part of building an application to the LSB standard, the developer is going to need to be aware of where their application will reside in the file system as described by the FHS.
The LSB standard also requires that the developer package their software with the RPM package manager.
www.novell.com /coolsolutions/feature/15355.html   (2173 words)

 Prentice Hall PTR - Building Applications with the Linux Standard Base
The advent of LSB 2.0 is revolutionary in that it allows ISVs to create "shrink-wrapped software" for the Linux platform much in the same way they already do for Windows.
Understanding the LSB standardization process is valuable in appreciating the veracity of the LSB and the procedure to follow to expand the scope of the standard.
Building Applications with the Linux Standard Base is laid out in five large parts: Introduction, Developing LSB Applications, Certifying for the LSB, Contributing to the LSB Project, and Using LSB Resources.
safari.phptr.com /?XmlId=0131456954   (1242 words)

 The Linux Beacon--Linux Standard Base 3.0 Spec Unveiled
So far, Linux appears to be Linux at most of the levels that are important, and the Free Standards Group, a non-profit organization that is trying to keep Linux distributions all pulling in the same direction, announced the Linux Standard Base 3.0 specification was available on September 19.
However, the idea is sound that Linux should include a base set of application programming interfaces (APIs), libraries, and interoperability standards, and the LSB spec also requires vendors to have test suites, development environments, developer documentation, and sample implementations of their Linux platforms.
On the same day that the LSB 3.0 spec was announced, the Free Standards Group said that middleware and database software vendor Computer Associates had joined the body and will be one of the key members of a new sub-project in the group that will focus on Linux systems management standardization.
www.itjungle.com /tlb/tlb100405-story01.html   (1044 words)

 NewsForge | Linux Standard Base approved as international standard
The nonprofit Free Standards Group (FSG) announced at the Open Source Business Conference in Boston this week that the International Standardization Organization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) unanimously approved the FSG's Linux Standard Base Core Specification 2.0.1 and is expected to publish the standard in December.
The FSG, which funds and maintains the LSB workgroup, spent most of the last year working toward adoption of a set of software that it hopes developers will include with the Linux kernel, to allow applications to work in a multitude of distributions.
He said the LSB could not be successful until the project "loses the monetary backing" and is kept alive by volunteer developers instead of those "who have everything to lose" because their livelihoods depend on the success of the project.
trends.newsforge.com /trends/05/11/03/150234.shtml?tid=138   (1335 words)

 IT leaders launch Linux desktop standards
The LSB (Linux Standard Base) Desktop Project's goal is to standardize common libraries and application behavior so as to make it easier for ISVs (independent software vendors) to write Linux desktop programs.
In addition to long-time Linux supporter ISVs such as Trolltech and hardware vendors like HP and IBM, the LSB Desktop Project is also being supported by companies that have not been well known for Linux support, such as Adobe, Intel, and RealNetworks.
The LSB subcommittee will be looking into adding the necessary libraries for desktop applications, i.e., the next step beyond the base X libraries.
www.desktoplinux.com /news/NS8588606311.html   (1264 words)

 Linux Standard Base   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The goal of the Linux Standard Base (LSB) is to develop and promote a set of standards that will increase compatibility among Linux distributions and enable software applications to run on any compliant Linux system.
Anyone wishing to participate in the LSB project either as an observer or as a contributor should join one of the mailing lists.
Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds in the USA and other countries.
hackers.progeny.com /lsb/website   (324 words)

 Targeting Linux Standard Base Using CodeCheck
With Linux Standard Base [ LSB ] the problem of determining whether an application will port, and determining what must be modified to achieve the port can be accomplished with CodeCheck on any operating system and for any C or C++ compiler source.
Therefore, the LSB is a family of specifications, rather than a single one.
Quite often when a developer ship’s so called ‘portable-source-code’ applications to their customer the target compiler may not properly compile the application or worse there may be a hidden bug that the compiler is incapable of detecting.
www.abxsoft.com /cclsb.htm   (2372 words)

 LWN: Linux Standard Base 3.0 released
Version 3.0 of the Linux Standard Base specification has been announced.
And LSB does not have working code right now (the thing "sorta works" like X.400 but mostly it's just pretty picture you can print on package of your distribution) - thus it's useless to discuss "the idea".
The value of the LSB might be, that it limits the amount of variation distributions have.
lwn.net /Articles/152379   (746 words)

 Neverending Story Part 2: LSB and woody
I've read older mails on this issue and here's the outcome.[1] LSB Compliance Requirements Modified packages: http://people.debian.org/~ajt/lsb/dists/woody/lsb/main/binary-i386/ alien, glibc, kernel, pax http://hackers.progeny.com/~licquia/lsb/tjreport-woody.200311032211.txt http://hackers.progeny.com/~licquia/lsb/apt/ http://hackers.progeny.com/~licquia/lsb/patches/woody/ bash, cpio, glib, grep, kernel, lsb, pax, sed alien ajt: The alien changes have been in testing and unstable for a similar amount of time.
It also passes the LSB test suite and its own internal test suite (which is required for the package to build at all).
Details at http://www.opengroup.org/lsb/cert/docs/testsuites.html It [lsb package] doesn't need to be installed on the system by the default install, the certification process will optionally install it with instructions from the submitter on how to do so.
lists.debian.org /debian-lsb-0403/msg00004.html   (1820 words)

 Free Standards Group To Standardize Linux
According to Zemlin, the LSB approach is intended to specify the minimum requirements necessary to ensure true application portability, namely the binary interfaces.
But the LSB does not necessarily mean that all versions of, for example, the Linux kernel need to be the same across the various distributions in order to ensure interoperability.
An issue that some in the Linux community have raised in the past is that certain Linux vendors have already "forked" the kernel, because they have backported or included other features into a standard kernel.
www.internetnews.com /dev-news/article.php/3407391   (769 words)

 developerWorks : Linux : New to Linux on Power Architecture
Linux is easy to upgrade and automate, has a strong emphasis on networking, stability, and usability, and is the fastest-growing server operating system in the world.
Linux is based on IEEE 1003, or POSIX (which loosely stands for Portable Operating System Interface).
The Linux Standard Base has a PPC-specific document, the Linux Standard Base Specification for the PPC32 Architecture -- which must be used in conjunction with the generic LSB, as well as the publicly-available standards documents it references.
www-128.ibm.com /developerworks/linux/power/newto/index.html   (4592 words)

 LSB Referenced Specifications
Built on the same structure as the 2.x specification, this version of the LSB is based on a new C++ ABI, and includes many improvements throughout the specification.
The LSB 2.X document structure also lays the groundwork for the creation of additional specification modules which exist on top of the Core LSB specification.
The LSB 1.3 specifications consisted of a single monolithic document known as the Generic LSB, which is supplemented by an architecture specific document.
refspecs.freestandards.org /lsb.shtml#LSB_2_1_0   (632 words)

 LSB Written Specification   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The LSB specification is made up of several components, known as modules.
The base specification consists of the Core and C++ modules, and is extended with the full LSB set, which is labelled Desktop.
Prior to LSB 3.1, Graphics was a separate but required module, it is now part of the full set.
freestandards.org /spec   (280 words)

Linux distributions traditionally do not distinguish themselves on these interfaces, they distinguish themselves in other categories, such as the applications on their system, quality and ease of installation, and quality and ease of systems administration as well as support for users.
The Linux Standard Base project will provide a vendor-neutral standard, backed by source code, upon which to build Linux distributions, much as the Linux kernel project provides a single kernel that is shared by all distributions.
This standard base will be distributed as a reference platform from which Linux distributions may be derived and which application producers may use for testing, but it will _never_ be targeted to be an end-user solution in itself, as that is the role of the Linux distributions that incorporate the standard.
lwn.net /1998/0528/a/lsb.html   (864 words)

 Linux Standard Base 3.0 goes gold
To this end, the Free Standards Group Monday released the latest version of the Linux Standard Base, LSB 3.0.
The LSB is a set of standards designed to prevent the kind of application incompatibilities that have bedeviled the different distributions of the Unix operating system.
One key benefit of LSB 3.0 is its improved C++ support.
www.linux-watch.com /news/NS3118675117.html   (366 words)

 LXer: The Linux Standard Base Achieves ISO Approval as International Standard
The LSB was approved as a Publicly Available Specification (PAS) by ISO/IEC (the International Standardization Organization and the International Electrotechnical Commission), pre-eminent international standard-setting organizations whose standards are frequently referenced by many governments and transnational organizations such as the WTO.
Standards have been shown to contribute more to economic growth than patents and licenses combined, and the LSB will open the door to Linux as a requirement in large scale (e.g.
The Free Standards Group is an independent not-for-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the use and acceptance of free and open source software by developing and promoting standards.
lxer.com /module/newswire/view/46570   (886 words)

 PRESS RELEASE The Free Standards Group Announces Linux Standard Base 3.0 and Support by Red Hat, Novell, Debian and ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The Free Standards Group also announced today that Red Hat, Novell, the Debian Common Core Alliance and Asianux are all certifying to the latest versions of their operating systems to the LSB, marking the successful deployment of a true global standard for Linux.
"The effective standardization of Linux implementations is essential for the growth of the market and for organizations to obtain maximum value from their technology investments," said Sam Greenblatt, senior vice president and senior technical advisor at CA.
The Linux Standard Base is developed and maintained by the Linux Standard Base workgroup, a workgroup of the Free Standards Group.
www.marketwire.com /mw/release_html_b1?release_id=95578   (1076 words)

 Without aggressive leadership, Linux Standard Base is doomed to irrelevance   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
I am also calling for the Linux community to shame the mother organization Free Standards Group into either hiring a solid leader to get LSB moving, or for the existing leadership to get off its bum and produce a comprehensive specification and a self-hosting sample implementation in our lifetime.
In fact, all of the LSB problems seem to stem from passive and inactive leadership, which is why I suggested a few weeks ago that LSB participant Scott McNeil should take over this project.
The passive approach LSB is now taking may please the distributions and members of the Linux community who are sensitive to being told which standards they should use.
www.infoworld.com /articles/op/xml/00/10/09/001009oppetreley.html   (1119 words)

 Linux Standard Base (LSB) - Free Standards Group
The LSB draws on the source standards of the IEEE POSIX standards and The Open Group's Single UNIX Specification for many of its behavioral interface definitions.
The LSB also extends the source standards in other areas (such as graphics) and includes the necessary details such as the binary execution file formats to support a high volume binary application platform.
LSB is a trademark of the Free Standards Group.
www.linuxbase.org   (247 words)

 Linux Standard Base Advances
LSB 2.0 also comes with test suites and a development environment, a sample implementation of a complete LSB-based distribution, and developer documentation.
Linux vendors can write to the specification "starting immediately, but the process will take several months for all the distributions to certify, depending on their release cycles," Zemlin said.
Jon "Maddog" Hall, executive director of the nonprofit Linux International, of Amherst, N.H., said that as a developer, having to port his application to two Linux distributions was "one distribution too many.
www.eweek.com /article2/0,1759,1647313,00.asp?kc=EWRSS03119TX1K0000594   (917 words)

 Main Page - Free Standards Group
The Free Standards Group is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the use of free and open source software by developing and promoting standards.
At the Desktop Linux Summit, the Free Standards Group, a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing and promoting open source software standards, today announced the availability of the Linux Standard Base (LSB) 3.1, the first version of the LSB to include support for portable Linux desktop applications.
The Free Standards Group, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to developing and promoting open source software standards, and the LSB workgroup today announced fourteen leading Linux vendors have united behind the Linux Standard Base 3.1, the first version of the LSB to include support for portable Linux desktop applications.
www.freestandards.org   (572 words)

 LinuxWorld Expo: Linux vendors comply with base standard   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Three leading Linux vendors Wednesday announced that they are backing a set of standards known as the Linux Standard Base (LSB), aimed at allowing developers to write applications that will run on any Linux operating system adhering to the LSB.
SuSE is hoping to expand the Linux standardization effort beyond LSB through the creation of UnitedLinux, a distribution of the operating system that joins together four Linux vendors.
But it is compatibility that is the goal of Linux, which has become the model of open-source software development, under which software source code is made freely available to users for testing and modification.
www.infoworld.com /articles/hn/xml/02/08/14/020814hnlsb.html   (850 words)

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