LSB 3.1 Unifies Linux Desktop Standards

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2006-04-22 Print this article Print

The Linux Standard Base will now explicitly address the Linux desktop, supported by all the major Linux players. (

The Free Standards Group will unveil Linux Standard Base 3.1, the first LSB version to include explicit Linux desktop application support, April 25 at the Desktop Linux Summit in San Diego. The standard has already been endorsed by Linux leaders Red Hat and Novell, along with other major Linux players such as AMD, Asianux, CA, Dell, HP, IBM, Intel, Mandriva, RealNetworks, Red Flag and Turbolinux, according to the FSG.
The first LSB 3.1-certified desktop distribution is expected to come from Xandros, on May 1st.
Ziff Davis Media eSeminars invite: Join us April 28 at 2 p.m. and discover how small and midsized companies can enjoy the same advantages—security, reliability, scalability—that larger enterprises enjoy by deploying Linux technology. Other major Linux distributors such as Red Hat, Novell, Ubuntu, the DCC Alliance members and others also plan to certify their versions of Linux to LSB 3.1, FSG added. Because of this standardization, application developers will find it much easier to target the complete Linux platform. This, in turn, will remove a major hindrance to Linux desktop adoption by providing a cohesive Linux desktop environment. This groundswell of support is significant, in that it promises to prevent Linux from forking and going the way of the proprietary Unixes of the past. For details about LSB 3.0, click here. In order for the Linux desktop to achieve widespread adoption, common application run-time and install-time requirements must be standardized and adopted by key Linux distributions. Without this level of standardization, ISVs are forced to compile their software for use with multiple distributions and library instances. The resulting development and support complexity greatly reduces the attractiveness of the Linux desktop to these software developers. Read the full story on LSB 3.1 Unifies Linux Desktop Standards Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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