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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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FSG at Gartner Open Source Conference

Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Free Standards Group, will be presenting this week at Gartner’s Open Source Conference. He will be leading a session on open standards and how they’re a crucial piece of the open source solution for CIOs. The FSG will be presenting this information in a webinar available on our site in 2006.

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Candidates Announced

The initial listing of candidates for the FSG board of directors election has been published. The voting will commence on December 1.

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FSG Board Election News

The Free Standards Group will be having a board election later this year. For those who are interested, the election policy can be found here.

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Microsoft fighting Open Standards

Here is the latest on the State of Massachusets battle with Microsoft over open standards. This could be rectified quickly. All Microsoft has to do is comply with the Open Document standard format.

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FSG Speaking at CA World

Jim Zemlin, executive director of the FSG, will be speaking at the upcoming CA World in Las Vegas.

Monday, November 14, 2005: 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

“Red Hat, SuSE and LSB: Linux Distro Update Panel”

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LSB Achieves ISO Approval

Yesterday the Free Standards Group announced that the LSB has achieved approval as an official international standard. You can read the press release here. This is a huge achievement for the LSB and the Linux operating system. As the release states:

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Moglen on Free Standards

Eben Moglen, open source legal expert, says standards are very much in the news in this article in eWeek.

Asked how much support there was for open standards in the business community, Moglen said the open standards idea has enormous vigor in it at the moment.

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LSB 3.0

The Free Standards Group is proud to announce the availability of the Linux Standard Base 3.0. The press took quite a bit of notice of both this announcement as well as the joining of Linux software giant CA to the FSG. We’re seeing more and more participation by ISVs in the LSB and FSG. eWeek magazine in particular grasped the import of the announcement in this fine editorial:

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Linux Will Succeed Where UNIX Failed

Imagine a world five to ten years from now where an ecosystem of profitable entities competes around a global operating standard for Linux. In this world, application vendors target different platforms at significantly lower cost, whether they are selling scientific applications into clustered environments, desktop applications for end users, or multi-lingual applications in emerging markets. In this world, and only this world, a true alternative to the global domination of a proprietary de facto operating system can be found. The result?

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