"What ever happened to the Linux Standard Base project?
It was originally announced two years ago by Bruce Perens on
comp.os.linux.announce. Even after initial backing by every major
Linux company and the Linux community, there still isn't an
available Linux standard. Does Linux even need one anymore?"
"1998 was a strange year for Linux standards. The community
seemed to have an attitude of Linux inevitability and often of
Linux invincibility. Each time an anti-Linux article hit ZDNet,
hordes of flames would descend upon the poor author, and
Slashdot.org would seethe with proposals to fix any perceived Linux
shortcomings. So it was with Linux Standards."