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developerWorks: Developing LSB-certified Applications

Nov 14, 2002, 07:00 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by George Kraft IV)

"News flash. Linux has taken the next evolutionary step beyond the source code compatibility of UNIX. Instead of porting or rebuilding source code from one Linux release or distribution to another, Linux has achieved binary compatibility between them all. The application developer only needs to build once for each Linux architecture, such as IA-32, PowerPC, or Itanium, then deploy.

"Linux inherently has binary compatibility; the Linux Standard Base (LSB), however, has set some rules and guidelines that make this practical for applications. (See Resources for a link to the LSB home page.) The path to shrink-wrapping an LSB applications for Linux requires you to code to the portability layer, use the correct ABIs, test with the LSB application checker, follow LSB packaging guidelines, and seek LSB certification. This article presents these five basic steps for using LSB resources to develop a binary-compatible application..."

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