"Last week I petitioned for tangible, far-reaching results from
Linux Standard Base and hope you, too, will demand results in a
timely manner. Among many other things, I asked for a
comprehensive self-hosting sample implementation of an
LSB-compliant Linux distribution. In plain language, that means I
want a standard Linux distribution anyone can install and run.
Every commercial and nonprofit Linux distributor would start with
this standard, and then add the unique kind of value that does not
"Chief executive of TurboLinux Paul Thomas outlined a similar
vision recently in an article published by CNet. In it, he says he
envisions the consolidation of Linux distributions so that everyone
ends up using the same basic distribution. Personally, I don't care
whether the result comes from commercial consolidation or through
standards. All I care about is that we get there."
"Linux Standard Base currently does not officially plan to
deliver a comprehensive self-hosting standard implementation.
Depending on whom you talk to, a standard is either a terrific or
"Eschewing standards is a big mistake that leads to other
mistakes. For example, if one could agree on a self-hosting
standard, one could solve a lot of packaging and installation
problems that the LSB does not address. Right now LSB is going to
declare RPM the standard package format and leave it at that. By
doing so, LSB is missing the point of what users and developers
really need. They don't need to be told what package format to use.
They need a cohesive and intelligent plan for installing and
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