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LinuxWorld: LDPS 1.0 lays an egg - Developers can safely ignore this specification

Oct 22, 2000, 14:16 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)

"Linux Standard Base has not met its own stated goals with LDPS 1.0, as ncurses incompatibilities demonstrate. Furthermore, the inadequacy of the standard doesn't seem influenced by the distributors."

"After three years of hibernation, LSB has finally produced a deliverable. It is called the Linux Development Platform Specification, or LDPS 1.0. According to the LDPS 1.0 documentation, "This specification is designed so that programs developed on a conforming platform are expected to be portable to all generally available Linux distributions as of October 7, 2000."

"Does it meet that goal? Not at all. Although LDPS 1.0 falls short in nearly every aspect, I can illustrate the problem through one example: ncurses. The ncurses library provides programmers a common way to write sophisticated character-mode applications. In order to be LDPS 1.0 compliant, a distribution must include either ncurses version 4.2 or ncurses version 5.0."

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