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Linux.com: Linux Standard Base Plans Cross-Format Package API

Jan 18, 2007, 18:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

"For independent software vendors (ISV), one of the major problems in supporting GNU/Linux is the variety of package management systems. However, if the Free Standards Group has its way, the next version of the Linux Standard Base (LSB) will solve that problem by providing an application programming interface (API) that acts as a bridge between the major package systems and software installers. Ian Murdock, CTO of the Free Standards Group, says the solution could be included in the most widely used distributions by early 2008.

"Murdock notes that, from an end user's viewpoint, software installation in GNU/Linux distributions has improved considerably in the last few years..."

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