Debian Founder Takes Over LSB Leadership

In an exclusive interview, Ian Murdock details how he plans to make the Linux Standard Base much more useful to both Linux distributors and independent software vendors.

The Free Standards Group, the non-profit group behind the Linux Standard Base, has announced that Debian Linux founder Ian Murdock will be its new chief technology officer and will chair the LSB workgroup.

A spokesperson for the FSG said that as co-founder of Debian Linux and the commercial custom Linux distributor Progeny, Murdock brings unmatched experience building open-source communities, driving technical consensus and solving Linux distribution challenges. Murdock has also been one of the leaders of the DCC Alliance.

In this new job, Murdock will lead all technical initiatives for the FSG, including expanding the development communities involved in each of the FSGs workgroups, and will work directly with the open-source community, software developers, and systems and distribution vendors.

As LSB workgroup chair, Murdock will lead all workgroup activities and oversee the upcoming release of LSB 3.1. LSB 3.1 adds desktop functionality to the ISO standard LSB core. Art Tyde will continue as the FSGs chief certification officer.

"Bringing Ian to lead technical efforts for the FSG is a significant milestone in our quest to standardize Linux," said Jim Zemlin, executive director of the FSG in a statement.

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