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Datamation: LWE: Quiet LinuxWorld Belies Rapid Acceptance of Linux

Feb 04, 2002, 20:44 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Orzech)
"One of the show's most important announcements was the release of a new revision of the Linux Standards Base, or LSB, whose goal is to unify Linux and prevent the type of splintering that fragmented the Unix market in the 1980s. "Linux is at a critical juncture in terms of unifying around a single standard," said Ransom Love, CEO of Orem, Utah-based Caldera Systems, which produces the Caldera Linux distribution.

In the works quietly for more than two years, the LSB provides guidelines for Linux distributions that ensure that software vendors writing programs for Linux won't have to create for dozens of different versions. Red Hat, SuSe, TurboLinux, Mandrake and other companies producing Linux distributions all lined up to support the LSB, which is now under the aegis of the non-profit Free Standards Group.

In a sign of the importance of the new standard to customers, Evan Bauer, Chief Technology Officer of finance house Credit Suisse First Boston, announced that beginning next year, his company will not use any version of Linux that does not meet the Linux Standard Base standard."

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