"Linux standards efforts allow for diversity, and leave just
enough common bits to be useful."
"Perens' goal -- which the LSB maintains as a basic tenet -- is
that a Linux standard must be as minimal and lean as possible. The
LSB is sensitive to the fine line between creating standards and
inhibiting innovation, especially within a community as diverse as
Linux's is. So the LSB's target is actually quite specific: define
a minimum Linux base upon which developers can depend for
consistent locations and programming interfaces. The aims are
probably best expressed in this Linux Journal article, written by
Quinlan last year."
"Some of the decisions -- such as basing most of the "C"
language interface on the current Linux "glibc" -- appear to have
come relatively easily. Others, such as the definition of a common
software installation system, are more contentious. And
occasionally folks in the public discussion list try to extend the
reach of LSB beyond its minimalist scope. But Quinlan is confident
that any remaining differences can be easily ironed out. "We have a
good group of people," he said, "and they're all focused on what we
need to do.""
"In classic open source style, Quinlan brushes off complaints
from those who think it is taking too long to release a full public
specification, preferring to do things well rather than rush them.
"I'm not a fan of vaporware," he added."