InfoWorld: First version of Linux programming standard released
Ed Scannell of InfoWorld covered the release of LSB 1.0 in this July 3, 2001 article that was syndicated throughout the IDG.net network. He interviews a programmer working for “a large Houston-based oil company” on his views of why the LSB is important:
“Hopefully the top few distributors can all agree to get along on this, because it not only gives me more flexibility in mixing and matching versions of Linux as I need to, but also the confidence that these guys can pull together a unified programming front against Microsoft,” said Del Crandell, a programmer with a large Houston-based oil company.
He explains the components of the LSB this way:
The LSB attempts to establish all of the key technical pieces of Linux. It essentially defines a system interface for compiled applications as well as the bare environment for supporting installation scripts.
The LSB specification is comprised of two basic essential parts: a common part that describes those parts of the interface that remain constant across all hardware implementations and an architecture-specific part that describes the parts that are specific to a particular processor architecture.