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Open Source, Open Standards: Interview with FSG

If you’re interested in standards and consortia and you haven’t read Consortiuminfo.org, you’re missing the boat. Andy Updegrove, noted standards authority, FSG director and author of consortiuminfo.org, recently devoted an entire issue of his Consortium Standards Bulletin to the open source, open standards divide, and as part of that issue, he interviewed Jim and Ian on the FSG. It’s a great examination of the issues facing open source standardization and is available here.

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Calling all ISVs: Take our Survey

The Free Standards Group is currently contacting software developers for a survey on their Linux development efforts. The results of this survey will help the Free Standards Group standardize differences between Linux distributions and will improve the development/testing support services provided by the FSG. Your answers will ultimately make it easier for software developers to target the Linux platform.

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LSB Summit

LSB Summit

Boston

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The Latest Standards Battlefield

We have a regular column in Enterprise Open Source Journal. Here’s the latest on the state of Mass and the latest standards battle.

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FSG/Linux World Podcast

The guy behind Linux World — John Mark Walker — recently taped a podcast with Jim, our executive director. In it, he talks about open standards, our desktop activities and his Commodore 64. (I had one, too. Oh, how I loved Cosmic Cruncher.) The blog with the mp3 file is here and the feed for the podcasts is here.

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Linux in China

The Chinese government has been supporting the LSB and mandating its use by Linux distribution vendors. In this ZDNet article, a government officials talks about Linux use in China and the inclusion of the LSB.

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Ian Murdock Podcast

For those of you into podcasts, here’s one with Ian Murdock, CTO of the Free Standards Group, from the floor of Linux World Boston. It’s episode 134.

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LinuxWorld

The FSG will have a very strong presence at Linux World in Boston this week. Please come by our booth at the .org pavilion or attend one of these sessions.

B6: Why Open Standards Are Crucial to Protecting Your Linux Investment 04/05/2006, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Speaker: Jim Zemlin, Executive Director, Free Standards Group.

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Standards Are a Hot Topic Lately

Jonathan Schwartz has frequently beaten the open standards drum, but this post is an especially good one. While he’s singing the praises of the ODF (big surprise), his points on open standards and the interoperability they deliver are relevant to the LSB and other open source standards. He says:

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Standards Increase Innovation

Andrew Kantor makes excellent points about standards and their positive impact on innovation and competition in this article in USA Today, including the following:

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