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LinuxMall.com: Freedom in Restriction? Linux Standard Approaches

May 10, 2000, 17:39 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Greta Durr)

"The Free Standards Group (FSG) announced its incorporation Monday, along with intentions to ensure that the only fork in the Linux community is one in the road to widespread adoption of a singular, unified standard. ... Beyond the laundry list of supporters for the nonprofit group's efforts to foster interoperability come some strong sentiments."

"It's important to the Linux community in general. It's also important for the corporate world at large to know that standards are in place. A lot of them have misguided notions that Open Source development is a big blob where there are no standards in place. If we, as a community, help to incorporate these standards and adhere to them, we show a lot of the maturity of our marketplace and prove our metal so to speak," said Red Hat spokesperson Melissa London in a Tuesday interview."

"Not only are the standards expected to help Linux's reputation in the broader business arena; FSG's efforts also have been championed by community vendors who would like to see Linux software proliferate in emerging markets. "In the grand scheme of things, ISVs [independent software vendors] will reap huge benefits from a single Linux standard, which will increase the total number of applications available for Linux platforms. Overall, this will strengthen the power of both UNIX and Linux on Intel and increase the value of all platforms to the end user," said group supporter Mike Orr, president of the Tarantella Division at SCO."

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