"The Free Standards Group (FSG) announced its incorporation
Monday, along with intentions to ensure that the only fork in the
Linux community is one in the road to widespread adoption of a
singular, unified standard. ... Beyond the laundry list of
supporters for the nonprofit group's efforts to foster
interoperability come some strong sentiments."
"It's important to the Linux community in general. It's also
important for the corporate world at large to know that standards
are in place. A lot of them have misguided notions that Open Source
development is a big blob where there are no standards in place. If
we, as a community, help to incorporate these standards and adhere
to them, we show a lot of the maturity of our marketplace and prove
our metal so to speak," said Red Hat spokesperson Melissa London in
a Tuesday interview."
"Not only are the standards expected to help Linux's reputation
in the broader business arena; FSG's efforts also have been
championed by community vendors who would like to see Linux
software proliferate in emerging markets. "In the grand scheme of
things, ISVs [independent software vendors] will reap huge benefits
from a single Linux standard, which will increase the total number
of applications available for Linux platforms. Overall, this will
strengthen the power of both UNIX and Linux on Intel and increase
the value of all platforms to the end user," said group supporter
Mike Orr, president of the Tarantella Division at SCO."