Two More Linux Distributions Get Certified

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2002-10-01 Print this article Print

Caldera OpenLinux 3.1.1 and Mandrake Linux ProSuite 9.0 have both acheived Linux Standard Base certification.

The Free Standards Group on Tuesday will announce that two more Linux distributions—The SCO Groups Caldera OpenLinux 3.1.1 and MandrakeSoft S.A.s Mandrake Linux ProSuite 9.0—have achieved Linux Standard Base (LSB) certification. LSB certification verifies adherence to the standard, developed by the community and industry, for both Linux distributions and Linux-based applications. This follows the certification of distributions from The SCO Group (formerly Caldera International Inc.), MandrakeSoft S.A., Red Hat Inc. and SuSE Linux AG in August.
While a total of seven distributions from four companies are now LSB certified, Scott McNeil, executive director of the Free Standards Group, declined to say how many additional certifications are pending, citing the confidentiality of the process.
When asked what, if anything, the Free Standards Group could do about those vendors that did not want their distributions certified—thereby resulting in fragmentation and incompatible versions—McNeil said this was their choice. "But given that a number of top IT customers are insisting that they deploy only LSB certified or compliant distributions and applications , it seems that market pressure will eventually persuade them. The fact that companies continue to apply for LSB certification demonstrates how important standards are to the continued growth of the Linux market," he told eWEEK. Darl McBride, CEO and president of The SCO Group, said he was dedicated to the development and promotion of standards. "We see standards adherence as central to the growth and progression of the Linux industry and are committed to again being LSB certified when we release SCO Linux, powered by UnitedLinux this fall." MandrakeSoft last week announced the release of Mandrake Linux 9.0, its latest Linux operating system for servers and desktop workstations. The OS includes KDE 3.0.3, GNOME 2.0.1, OpenOffice 1.0.1 and Mozilla 1.1. "Mandrake Linux 8.2 was the first Linux distribution to become certified by the Linux Standard Base (LSB 1.2). We implement LSB compatibility in Mandrake Linux 9.0 as an option during the installation. "This important standard ensures that Mandrake Linux will be compatible with a greater number of leading enterprise-class applications, such as Database, CRM and accounting," said Jacques Le Marois, CEO and co-founder of MandrakeSoft S.A. "We strongly believe that the Linux Standard Base is a standard that is going to be massively supported by the computing industry in the near future," he said. The LSB Certification program was initially launched at LinuxWorld in New York in late January. At that time, the FSG released the Linux Standards Base 1.1, which provided a full set of standards allowing 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. The FSG administers the LSB and Li18nux.
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.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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