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Linux Journal: The Distributions Take a Stand on Standards

May 22, 1999, 16:27 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Norman M. Jacobowitz)

"Mr. Jacobowitz talks about standards with representatives of the various distributions by e-mail and at the LinuxWorld Expo."

Red Hat Software, Donnie Barnes
"We at Red Hat are generally in favor of good standards that speak to existing as well as future problems... We do our best to make sure we adhere to useful standards such as the FHS (Filesystem Hierarchy Standard)."

Caldera Systems, Ransom Love
"Caldera Systems has always wanted Linux to be a viable commercial alternative, so we believe the only real answer is to support LSB."

Pacific HiTech, TurboLinux, Scott Stone
"Pacific HiTech will take an active role in the development of Linux standards and will make compliance with the adopted standards a design goal of all our Linux products.

Slackware, Patrick Volkerding
"Slackware is waiting to see what the proposed standards are before we commit to complete compliance, but I do think the effort is a step in the right direction..."

Debian, Nils Lohner
"The general stance of Debian is that standardization is a good thing. Dale Scheetz is a Debian developer and actively involved in the LSB work."

SuSE, Marc Torres
"SuSE has been a member of the Linux community since 1992, and we have people dedicated to and working on the LSB project. We are proud to be active members of this project."

Stampede Linux, David Haraburda
"It's my personal opinion that standardization is good thing. But like always, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing... I'm not sure of LSB's plan -- but from my reading, it doesn't look like they have a well-laid-out plan quite yet. Standardizing file locations is a great idea; I know it would solve half of the problems I encounter."

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