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Free Standards Group Releases Version 1.1 of the Linux Development Platform Specification

Mar 12, 2001, 20:02 (1 Talkback[s])
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By Michael Hall, LinuxToday

The Free Standards Group has announced the release of the first major update of the Linux Development Platform Specification(LDPS), bringing the specification to version 1.1.

According to the group, the changes include :

  • information about printing documents in portable applications
  • new POSIX threads information
  • an expanded "Frequently Asked Questions" section
  • replacement ncurses specification
  • additional information on RPM
  • notes on securing applications

Major components of the LDPS include the Linux kernel, GNU software, and XFree86. The Free Standards Group has recommended that all independent software developers create binary versions of their applications using distributions conforming to the LDPS.

In a press release announcing the update, Daniel Quinlan, editor of the LDPS and a founder of the Free Standards Group said "With this release, we have demonstrated our continuing commitment to help both Open Source developers and companies to develop portable applications for Linux, Open Source development moves very quickly, so it's important that the LDPS be kept up-to-date until the more stabilizing Linux Standard Base is released."

"This new release of the LDPS will help developers create Linux-based applications that will run on most modern distributions," said Theodore Ts'o, a Linux kernel developer. "Along with the upcoming release of the Linux Standard Base, the LDPS will encourage the further development of the Linux-based application market. It makes sense, use it."

Linux Development Platform Specification, v 1.1

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