The Linux community's Free Standards Group has released the
first version of a set of specifications which will enable
developers to create applications that run across all versions of
the open source operating system.
The Linux Development Platform Specification (LDPS) was created
by a group of Linux distributors, including Red Hat, SuSE, VA Linux
and TurboLinux, to ensure that new applications can be written once
and still be compatible with the different versions of Linux on the
Scott McNeil, open source strategist at VA Linux, said: "There
are slight incompatibilities between the different versions of
Linux for developers.
"Because of the nature of open source, applications can be used
on all the various versions of Linux but after a little tweaking.
LDPS allows developers to build applications and be guaranteed that
they will work against all versions."
The specification is available from the Free Standards Group's
website and an updated version is planned for early next year.
Separately, TurboLinux has secured $30m worth of private funding
from a group of 15 investors that includes IBM, Silicon Graphics,
Fujitsu and Hitachi. Although TurboLinux has offices around the
world, its main target market is Asia.
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