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LinuxWorld Expo: First LSB-Certified Vendors To Be Named On Wednesday

Aug 14, 2002, 13:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jacqueline Emigh)

By Jacqueline Emigh

At LinuxWorld later today, the Free Standards Group will announce Linux Standard Base (LSB) 1.1. certification for either three or four of the "top Linux distributions," marking first-time interoperability under the new standard.

To gain eligibility for approval, the distributions were first tested by an independent testing organization under contract to the standards group. "So it's an unblemised process, truly pure," maintained Scott McNeil, executive director of the Free Standards Group. Interoperability testing was done, as well.

The standards group plans to release the names of the certified distributors during a press conference at 11 am (PDT) on Wednesday in San Francisco. Also at that time, certified distributors are expected to reveal their own timetables for product release.

According to McNeil, LSB has gained a lot of ground over the past two years by getting support from industry players like IBM, HP and Intel. Completion of the certification process will quash any previous criticism that LSB "is just another paper standard," he predicted.

After five years of work on the Linux interoperability standard, the Free Standards Group launched LSB 1.1 at the New York City component of Linuxworld last January.

Linux distributors belonging to the group include Red Hat, MandrakeSoft, and The Debian Project, along with Caldera, SuSE, Turbolinux, and Conectiva, the four vendors who teamed up to form UnitedLinux last May.

Red Hat, an early instigator behind LSB, hosted the Free Standards Group's very first meeting years ago. About 80 percent of LSB code comes from Red Hat, according to McNeil.

Later, though, Red Hat refused to support LSB 1.0, the predecessor to 1.1. In January, engineers at Red Hat pointed to 1.0's "lack of a test suite and certification method" as the reason why.

The Linux Internationalization Initiative (li18nux), an emerging companion standard from the Free Standards Group, is based on code from Turbolinux. A certification program for li18nux is expected to be announced at the press conference later today as well.

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