PCWeek: Linux advocates push standardization effortMar 05, 1999, 20:44 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott Berinato)
"With more commercial vendors throwing their weight and distribution plans behind the open-source software, Linux advocates are looking for a way to avoid a Unix-like fragmentation of the operating system.
The latest effort calls for commercial vendors and open-source advocates to create a base set of libraries, APIs and interoperability measures called LSB (Linux Standard Base).
LSB -- which IBM and four major Linux distributors endorsed at LinuxWorld here this week -- would ensure that applications written in one distribution of Linux will be portable to other versions. Intel Corp. and Silicon Graphics Inc. are attempting to formalize the unorganized LSB effort initiated by Dan Quinlan of Transmeta Corp., the San Jose company that employs the inventor of Linux, Linus Torvalds.
Officials at Hewlett-Packard Co. and Compaq Computer Corp. said they would likely support the effort as well when it becomes more organized."