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LSB ISV Webinar

For those of you who are interested in the benefits of application certification to the LSB, we have a new resource to check out. This real player file will replay a recent webinar where FSG executive director Jim Zemlin and Lymeware CTO Michael Kabor discussed Michael’s recent experience certifying to the LSB.

Please let us know if you have comments or feedback.

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SugarCRM Joins the FSG

We are happy to report that rising commercial open source applications company SugarCRM has joined the FSG. They are the talk of OSBC, currently taking place here in San Francisco. You can read the details, such as they are, in the press release on

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LSB Testing in India

Our executive director just returned from India where he spoke at Linux Asia. He also discussed an opening of a testing center with the Indian government, which would be similar to the China testing center we announced in January. Here’s an article discussing the Indian plans here.

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Latest EOSJ Column Published

You can find our latest column at Enterprise Open Source Journal. Here it is as well.

When Will the Linux Desktop Be Ready for Enterprise Use? At a conference earlier this month, a young Microsoft lawyer asked me, “Does anyone really use Linux?

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Open Standards Defined

Great article on Groklaw discussing the definition of “open standards” and how it relates to ODF. This is an important point to understand and discuss as more and more companies (including some monopolies) throw the term “open standard” around in their marketing material.

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Ian Murdock joins the FSG

We are thrilled to announce the hiring of Ian Murdock as our CTO. He was also elected chair of the LSB. You can read more in eWeek and a longer piece here.

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Linux Applications

Here’s another reminder that the future success of Linux is closely correlated with the number of applications available for it. This Computerworld article talks about the lack of success Linux has achieved in banks. The LSB and the activities of the FSG are here to fix that.

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China certification announcement

Today the Free Standards Group opened a certification lab in China. The LSB will form the basis of the National Standard in the PRC. This is huge news for the LSB, for China, for international standards and for Linux.

You can read about it in BusinessWeek and on CNET.

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FSG Election Results

The FSG Board of Directors election is over. You can find the results here.

Please consult the election policy if you have questions.

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Why Corporate IT Should Care about Linux Standards

Let’s evaluate the following statement for accuracy. True or False? “[Open Source] severely limits the possibility of proprietary “lock-in

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