The Free Standards Group was formed in 1998 to promote open source software through standards. The Free Standards Group has two primary working groups, focusing respectively on:
Today, the FSG concentrates its efforts in the following areas:
Through the efforts of the FSG, the Linux Standard Base has achieved great strides in the past year, including the following key accomplishments:
The Linux Standard Base is a core standard for the Linux operating system that encourages interoperability between applications and the platform. It includes a written binary interface specification, a set of test suites for both distributions and applications writing to the standard, and a sample implementation for testing purposes.
The OpenI18N Standard (formerly Li18nux) is the internationalization standard for application developers writing for Linux and other platforms. The OpenI18N Workgroup has led the development of an open framework for internationalization and localization, including a written specification and test suite.
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An operating system is only as strong as the applications that run on top of it. While Linux presents unique challenges to ISVs (including multiple distribution targets), it also affords them a tremendous market opportunity. The Linux Standard Base (LSB) was created to eliminate much of the heavy lifting required by ISVs targeting the Linux platform today. For ISVs, LSB is a means to reduce the cost and complexities of supporting Linux.
The vision of a standardized Linux balances the needs of the competitive distribution ecosystem with the requirements of end users and independent software vendors for interoperability. The Free Standards Group and the Linux Standard Base were created to enable ISVs to cost effectively target the Linux platform, reducing their porting, support and testing costs while achieving a global market for their applications.
Here is the LSB specification.
You can find out more in our certification section.
Yes. Even if you don't go through the formal certification process, you can still reduce the moving targets in your Linux deployment. The LSB increases common elements across distributions by up to 40 percent. This will:
The LSB helps software vendors target the Linux platform in a cost effective, low risk manner. It also helps ISVs funnel their input to the Linux distribution industry, creating a more stable and robust process for both Linux distributors and Linux ISVs. This is crucial for the on-going success for Linux as it simplifies the development and porting of applications by ISVs. By supporting the LSB and LSB-compliant distributions, application vendors can save millions of dollars by utilizing a clear set of standards in their development efforts. Distribution vendor support also ensures Linux will not fork and will continue to be the fastest growing operating system in the industry.
The LSB is the primary Free Standards Group workgroup.
Distribution involvement is the key enabler of the standards managed by the Free Standards Group. You can find out how to certify.
For distribution and software vendors, open standards:
You can check the registry of LSB Certified products.
Besides maintaining and enriching the existing standards in the workgroups, the Free Standards Group has currently created the following modules for concentrated work in the future:
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Members enjoy many benefits including:
Yes. End users can impact the standard and have their voice heard by the Linux community. We are currently encouraging end users to sign up as members and join the workgroups.
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