The Linux Standard Base is in the final stages of the LSB
written specification for Linux. The workgroup has published the
LSB v0.9 written specification and is undergoing a 30 day Request
For Comments from the public until Wednesday June 6th, 2001.
Afterwards, this draft will be submitted to the Free Standards
Group for adoption.
The LSB is built on pieces of existing standards that are widely
used by the industry and supported by the development community.
ELF & TIS 1.2
ISO C90 & C99
SUS (CURSES, XBD, XCU, XNS, XSH, XSH95)
X base interface standards
Work is primarily being done by the development community and
the major Linux distributions including Caldera/SCO, Debian,
Mandrake, Red Hat, SuSE, and Trubolinux. Further contributions have
come from IBM, Intel, Linuxcare, Metro Link, VA Linux and
The goal of the LSB is to develop and promote a set of standards
that will increase compatibility among Linux distributions and
enable software applications to run on any compliant Linux
The LSB is but one of several open source standards efforts run
by the Free Standards Group, a nonprofit organization founded by
community developers to accelerate the use and acceptance of open
source technologies through the application, development and
promotion of standards.
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