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Earthweb/Aberdeen InSight: Linux Gets a Boost From Standards

Apr 04, 2002, 23:30 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bill Claybrook)

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"Linux has the fastest market growth rate of any operating system (OS) in the world, and it is being developed faster than any OS in history. However, for Linux to move into the enterprise and serve as the host for enterprise applications, a set of common standards is needed. Without standards and common application programming interfaces (APIs), independent software vendors (ISVs) and other developers must decide which of the more than 250 Linux distributions to target for hosting their applications.

"On the upside, standards will bring a greater market share for Linux, allowing for its continuing growth. Developers, distributors, ISVs, systems vendors, and especially users will surely benefit.

"In response to the need for Linux standards, the Free Standards Group (FSG) has initiated two key projects - the Linux Standard Base (LSB) and the Linux Internationalization Standard (Li18nux). The LSB provides binary and behavioral protocols that increase compatibility among Linux distributions; it also enables LSB-compliant applications to run on any LSB-compliant Linux distribution. Li18nux is a standard for creating a foundation for language globalization of Linux-compliant distributions and applications..."

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