"The Free Standards Group today announced the release of the
first version of the Linux Development Platform Specification,
LDPS. The LDPS allows portability in application development to all
generally available Linux distributions. By using the LDPS,
developers will be able to create and distribute software more
quickly across the spectrum of Linux distributions, including
Caldera OpenLinux 2.4, Conectiva Linux 5.1, Corel Linux OS Second
Edition, Debian GNU/Linux 2.2, Linux-Mandrake 7.0, Red Hat Linux
6.2, SuSE Linux 6.4, and TurboLinux 6.0."
"Standards allowing interoperability and portability are of
crucial importance for Linux," said Dan Kusnetzky, vice president
of system software research for IDC. "Survey after survey indicate
that IT management will feel comfortable adopting Linux only when
they feel confident that applications based upon one distribution
of Linux will be easily transportable to other Linux
"The LDPS is but the first of many planned specifications that
are aimed to help both Open Source developers and companies to port
applications to Linux," said Dan Quinlan, president of the Free
Standards Group. "Having a single development reference to work
from will greatly simplify the process of building Linux based
"I'm increasingly worried about fragmentation in the Linux
market and the growing incompatibilities between distributions,"
said Gerald Pfeifer, GCC steering committee member. "The LDPS is a
welcome initiative to create a common platform for distributors,
application vendors, and users."
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