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May 17, 2000, 03:26 (0 Talkback[s])
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"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."

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