"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
"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
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