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InfoWorld: Without aggressive leadership, Linux Standard Base is doomed to irrelevance

Oct 07, 2000, 17:02 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)

"My goal is simple: I'm out to drum up some support for Linux Standard Base (LSB), and I'm out to give LSB a serious kick in the keester. (It is also my goal to chew some bubblegum, but I'm all out of bubblegum.)"

"My first message was to encourage others to support LSB. But by support I don't just mean to contribute to the project, although that is very important. I am also calling for the Linux community to shame the mother organization Free Standards Group into either hiring a solid leader to get LSB moving, or for the existing leadership to get off its bum and produce a comprehensive specification and a self-hosting sample implementation in our lifetime. And by comprehensive I mean encompassing enough to build sophisticated graphical applications. What I most certainly do not mean is the pathetic minimal standard that seems to be slated for the LSB 1.0 specification. That way lies irrelevance."

"After almost three years, the most significant visible achievement of LSB is a beta specification called the Linux Development Platform Specification (LDPS). LDPS is a paltry 1,800 words describing an inadequate set of building blocks for Linux applications. The specification itself is so simplistic that I was able to duplicate almost the entire list of requirements, version for version, in less than two minutes by asking the audience common-sense questions. Now consider the fact that there were only two or three Linux programmers in the audience!"

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