Linux Foursome Gets Certified

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2002-08-14 Print this article Print

The Free Standards Group is set to announce that Caldera, MandrakeSoft, Red Hat and SuSE Linux have become Linux Standard Base certified.

SAN FRANCISCO--The Free Standards Group on Wednesday will announce that four leading Linux distributions have become Linux Standard Base certified. The certification of the distributions from Caldera International Inc., MandrakeSoft S.A., Red Hat Inc. and SuSE Linux AG comes on the heels of the initial launch of the LSB Certification program at LinuxWorld in New York in late January. At that time, the FSG released the Linux Standards Base 1.1, which provides a full set of standards that allow Linux distributions and developers of Linux applications to work together seamlessly. The group also released the Linux Internationalization Initiative (Li18nux), an internationalization guide for platform and application developers.
LSB certification verifies adherence to the standard, developed by the community and industry, for both Linux distributions and Linux-based applications.
The FSG, an independent, vendor-neutral, non-profit organization, administers the LSB and Li18nux. Sources told eWEEK that the FSG on Wednesday will also announce the Li18nux Certification, which will launch later this quarter and be similar to the LSB certification in its requirements, including vendor-neutral, third-party verification. These announcements follow Mays banding together of Linux vendors Caldera, Conectiva S.A., SuSE Linux and Turbolinux Inc. The four companies announced that they would standardize on a single Linux distribution for the enterprise, to be known as UnitedLinux, in a move they said would streamline Linux development and certification. On Tuesday, Sun Microsystems Inc. Chairman, President and CEO Scot McNealy used his LinuxWorld keynote presentation here to once again stress Suns commitment to making its Linux offering compatible with the LSB. "We are not interested in creating a proprietary Sun Linux offering. We need better stewardship and compliance in the community so we dont get the fracturing and other issues that arose with Unix," McNealy said. At a media question-and-answer session immediately following the keynote, Jonathan Schwartz, the head of Suns software operation, said the Santa Clara, Calif., company is looking at whether and how it can make its Solaris operating system LSB-compliant. "Linux is currently quite fragmented. Today you cannot run all your applications equally on every Linux distribution. The way to change this is through open standards and the LSB," Schwartz said.
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    Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

    He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

    He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

    He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

    He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

    He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

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