"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
"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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