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.
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.
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.
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.
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: