This is a forward-looking piece on how the Linux Standard Base
specification will be most valuable: in reassuring corporate IT
directors that Linux isn't a fragmented field and that with the LSB
in place it's easier to commit to the Linux platform.
"'This standard might be comforting to organizations that need
an insurance policy,' says Michael Jinks, a member of the technical
staff at financial software vendor Saecos in Chicago. 'For example,
'Bigcorp Inc.' might feel that it has some leverage against Red Hat
if Red Hat ever decided to attempt vendor lock-in with their
distribution and thus be more comfortable with a Red Hat
deployment.' Companies used to dealing with closed source software
vendors might be reassured by LSB, he says."