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LSB and LI18NUX join to become Free Standards Group. The Linux Standard Base (LSB) and Linux Internationalization Initiative (LI18NUX) announced that they have incorporated as the Free Standards Group.
Why does Linux need standards? Anyone who has ported applications from one type of system to another knows that it can be painful. Even supporting an application across several different Unix platforms is not seamless. Linux will fragment in that Beowulf clusters are very different from the small embedded devices. It should not fragment in such a way that an application written for one distribution will not run on any other distribution, given a similar hardware configuration.
The Linux Standard Base has been working to increase compatibility among Linux distributions since 1998. The Linux Internationalization Initiative has focused on software and application portability and interoperability in the International context. Together they can help to ensure that that application that you love will run on any Linux distribution anywhere in the world.
Members of the Free Standards Group's list of supporters include:
SCO put out this press release announcing their participation.
New Contracts for Linuxcare. Linuxcare may be reeling from their recent woes, but then again, maybe not all that much. They announced a couple of new contracts, this one with PFU Ltd. to provide in-depth Linux technical support for PFU engineers and expand PFU's suite of multi-vendor support and service offerings, and this one with Hitachi to jointly provide in-depth technical support in the development of Hitachi's Linux solutions.
VA Linux Professional Services Expands. VA Linux has announced the addition of over 40 engineers and managers to their professional services team. Part of the expansion appears to be from last week's acquisition of Precision Insight.
LinuxOne in Spain. LinuxOne has been awfully quiet lately...but they have just turned up in Spain. They are offering pretty much the same products and services - but in Spanish. (Found in BarraPunto).
New alliances this week.
DSP development under Linux. Hunt Engineering in the U.K. has unveiled its Linux for DSPs package, which supports Linux-based DSP code development for several boards. "The new package is expected to result in extensive deployment of Linux-hosted DSP systems." (Thanks to Lalith Panditharatne).
IA-64 Details On the Internet. Intel Corporation has released the Itanium Processor Microarchitecture Reference.
Section Editor: Rebecca Sobol.
May 11, 2000