Linux.com: Linux Standard Base Plans Cross-Format Package API
Jan 18, 2007, 18:15 (0 Talkback[s])
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"For independent software vendors (ISV), one of the major
problems in supporting GNU/Linux is the variety of package
management systems. However, if the Free Standards Group has its
way, the next version of the Linux Standard Base (LSB) will solve
that problem by providing an application programming interface
(API) that acts as a bridge between the major package systems and
software installers. Ian Murdock, CTO of the Free Standards Group,
says the solution could be included in the most widely used
distributions by early 2008.
"Murdock notes that, from an end user's viewpoint, software
installation in GNU/Linux distributions has improved considerably
in the last few years..."