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LinuxToday.com.au: Will Linux Development Platform Specification (LDPS) Achieve What Unix Couldn't?

Oct 16, 2000, 13:34 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bill Bennett)

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"Now, with the admirable goal of learning from history's mistakes, the Free Standards Group has announced the first iteration of its Linux Development Platform Specification (LDPS). The basic plan is to have a commonly agreed standard so that Linux application developers can write code that will run on all major distributions without modification."

"This is an important move because although Linux is standardised at the kernel level - some people argue that Linux is nothing more than the kernel -- there are slight incompatibilities between the various distributions that can make life very difficult for developers. And even harder for users. You might be happy compiling software, but I can assure you that Joe Public is not."

"Significantly, the LDPS specification isn't about dictating what can or can't go into a distribution; it's more a way of communicating to developers the requirements for truly portable code. In other words, it is libertarian enough not to enrage anyone in the Linux community. Of course there are those who fear it doesn't go far enough and that the Free Standards Group should adopt a more Stalinist approach."

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