Linux Journal: The Distributions Take a Stand on Standards
May 22, 1999, 16:27 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Norman M. Jacobowitz)
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"Mr. Jacobowitz talks about standards with representatives
of the various distributions by e-mail and at the LinuxWorld
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
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
Pacific HiTech, TurboLinux, Scott
"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."