CNET: Linux standardization efforts move ahead
CNET reports on the release of LDPS 1.1, as well as version 2.2 of the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard and version 0.6 of the LSB specification.
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The effort, through Linux Standard Base (LSB) and several other projects, is Linux’s answer to avoiding some of the fragmentation that split Unix–the operating system upon which Linux is modeled–into several incompatible versions. That fragmentation is one of the reasons Microsoft was able to make such progress with its more unified Windows products.
On Monday, developers released version 1.1 of the Linux Development Platform Specification, said Scott McNeil of the Free Standards Group. That specification is intended to make it easier to write programs that work on several different versions of Linux, such as those from Red Hat, Caldera and others.
In addition, on Wednesday the consortium released for public review version 2.2 of its Filesystem Hierarchy Standard, which governs the location of key files used by Linux and Unix.
With involvement from IBM, Intel, Oracle, Red Hat, Caldera, SuSE and others, the LSB itself has moved a step closer to the planned release of its version 1.0 specification by the end of the year, McNeil said. The group released version 0.6 last week.
George Kraft has been elected chairman of the LSB’s technical committee, McNeil said.