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My App Fails the LSB

Sep 24, 2008, 06:01 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jim Sansing)

[ Thanks to JJS for this link. ]

"I have to confess, I couldn't care less whether Realeyes is LSB compliant, because it is licensed under the GPL. Any distro that would like to package it is welcome. In fact, I will help them. That resolves all of the dependency issues.

"While I am not a conspiracy theorist, I do believe in the law of unintended consequences. And I have a nagging feeling that the LSB could actually be detrimental to GNU/Linux. The only apps that benefit from LSB compliance are proprietary apps. The theory behind being LSB compliant is that proprietary apps can be guaranteed a successful installation on any LSB compliant GNU/Linux distro. I'm not arguing against proprietary apps. If a company can successfully sell them for GNU/Linux distros, more power to them. However, what if proprietary libraries manage to sneak in? This is where the biggest threat of fragmentation comes from.

"But even more importantly, one of the most wonderful features of GNU/Linux distros is updates, especially security updates. They are all available from the same source, using the same package manager, with automatic notifications. If the LSB is successful, the result is an end run around package managers, and users get to deal with updates in the Balkanized way of other operating systems. That is a step in the wrong direction."

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