San Diego, California – (The Hosting News) – April 28, 2006 – According to
The LSB workgroup and The Free Standards Group, fourteen leading Linux vendors have united behind the Linux Standard Base 3.1, the first version of the LSB to include support for portable Linux desktop applications.
Reza Rooholamini, Director of Enterprise Solutions Engineering at Dell commented, ”The Release of LSB 3.1 is another milestone achieved by the industry and the Open Source Community that delivers ever increasing value to customers. It enables further uniformity and standardization across applications and distributions that allows quicker deployment of Linux solutions with higher levels of quality.”
Waldo Bastian, Senior Software Architect at freedesktop.org added, ”LSB 3.1 is a big step forward for the Linux desktop. freedesktop.org is looking forward to working closely together with the Linux Standard Base to drive even more desktop related technology into the next revision of LSB.”
Stephen M. Geary, Director of Research and Development, Open Source and Linux Organization, HP added, ”One of HP’s top priorities when it comes to open source and Linux is to do what’s necessary to inspire confidence in the community’s key stakeholders – from enterprise customers to software developers and everyone in between. HP intends to forge the right partnerships and promote the right ideals – such as the Linux Standard Base – to enable open source adoption from the desktop to the data center.”
Dan Frye, Vice President, Linux and Open Technology, IBM commented, ”Open technologies like the Linux Standard Base make a strong contribution to accelerating the wide-spread adoption of Linux into new markets. Today’s announcement demonstrates the strong commitment the open source community is making to standardize application runtime and install time so Linux on the desktop will become a more attractive platform for ISVs and customers seeking freedom from relying upon a sole proprietary operating system provider.”
Kevin Carmony, CEO of Linspire added, ”Linspire is pleased to support the LSB 3.1 in our line of Linux desktop products. A well supported Linux desktop standard is important for the entire Linux industry and will help to grow the market and the applications that run on Linux. The Free Standards Group is working hard on behalf of its members to enhance the Linux platform.”
Michael Kobar, CTO of Lymeware Corporation offered, ”LSB 3.1 delivers ISO global standardization with more powerful LSB-compliant application developer support tools. And the new LSB unified roadmap really helps us to accurately schedule future product release dates and plan support for known features coming down the pipe. Bravo!”
Francois Bancilhon, CEO of Mandriva added, ”The launch of the LSB is an important step for Linux on the desktop. We’re pleased to continue to support the LSB and FSG. By making it easier for ISVs to target the Linux desktop, this standard and the broad support it gets ensures Linux is an attractive option for all desktop users.”
Markus Rex, CTO of Open Platform Solutions for Novell commented, ”Novell has been a long-time, active supporter of the Linux Standard Base. The launch of this specification is an important step for Linux on the desktop. Standards like LSB are essential if ISVs are to target the Linux desktop. At Novell, we think the desktop market is extremely strategic, and we will continue to invest in driving desktop innovation and desktop standards.”
Jeff Ayars, Vice President at BPS Technology, RealNetworks added, ”The Linux Standard Base makes things better all around for RealNetworks. As an ISV it improves the reliability of our product by giving us a consistent platform to write to and test against and as a service provider that manages and maintains hundreds of Linux systems it provides us a more consistent system to administer and increases the pool of talented administrators for us to choose from.”
Chris Zhao, President of Red Flag added, ”Red Flag is a long term supporter of the Linux Standard Base. The announcement of 3.1 and inclusion of desktop specifications is good news for the Linux industry. This will help our efforts of promoting Linux in China and throughout the world. We look forward to certifying Red Flag in the new certification center in China.”
Paul Gampe, Senior Director of Engineering at Red Hat added, ”We are pleased to support the Linux Standard Base. Open standards enable open source software and are an important part of our open promise to our customers. We will work together with the Linux community to continually improve and support the Linux Standard Base.”
Koichi Yano, CEO and President of Turbolinux commented, ”Turbolinux is happy to support and certify to the Linux Standard Base. The standard ensures Linux does not fragment and provides a great benefit to application developers. We are happy to support the Free Standards Group and are pleased to see the continued momentum of the LSB.”
Mark Shuttleworth, Ubuntu Founder and Chief Developer added, ”LSB-compliance is very important for Ubuntu. We believe that Linux offers the world freedom of choice, freedom to innovate and freedom to localize. The Linux Standard Base is a crucial enabler of those freedoms, creating confidence in the standardization of the core platform while still preserving the ability of the platform to evolve and improve.”
Andreas Typaldos, CEO of Xandros, commented, ”We are proud to be out of the gate with LSB 3.1 certification for our new Xandros Server. It is in our interest and that of other Linux providers to rally around a common platform to foster application development and grow the market as a whole. The LSB is vital to our success, and we are pleased to participate in the LSB workgroup and be a member of the Free Standards Group.”
The Free Standards Group is an independent not-for-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the use and acceptance of free and open source software by developing and promoting standards. Key Free Standards Group projects include the Linux Standard Base (LSB), OpenI18N, OpenPrinting and the Accessibility Workgroup. Supported by leaders in the IT industry as well as the open source development community, the Free Standards Group fulfills a critical need to have common behavioral specifications, tools and ABIs across Linux platforms.
To learn more, please visit: www.freestandards.org.