[CentOS] Re: is CentOS an LSB certified product?

Rudi Ahlers Rudi at SoftDux.com
Wed Jul 2 09:42:36 UTC 2008

Nicholas wrote:
> Its not a matter of licensing.
> Since the days of various Linux distros, coming up with diff schemes 
> made it difficult for developers to target a Linux. Hence the need to 
> give the source, go compile in your own system mentality. This puts 
> off many non techie ppl.
> Just imagine when a driver or application can be packaged irregardless 
> of the linux distro and it doesnt need a technical person to install. 
> Wont this makes it easier for entry into Linux? for end-user and 
> developers?
> Rudi Ahlers wrote:
>> Ross S. W. Walker wrote:
>>> Rudi Ahlers wrote:
>>>> Sorry to ask this, but what exactly is the LSB? What will CentOS 
>>>> (and probably) the community gain from it? I mean, apart from 
>>>> RedHat Enterprise, Suse Enterpise and the other commercial Linux's, 
>>>> most other linuxes are not certified AFAIK.
>>>> I know CentOS stands out above the rest in many areas, and is very 
>>>> close to RedHat, in many aspects. But won't a certification shove 
>>>> it into the commercial software "class"
>>> LSB or Linux Standard Base, is a way of assuring VARs, developers and
>>> contractors that the Linux systems that are certified under this all
>>> have a standard file system structure and contain a defined set of
>>> minimum system utilities.
>>> This way when they write software they can be rest assured that if the
>>> system is LSB certified that it will contain the 'bash' utility, that
>>> utility will be in /usr/bin, man pages will be in /usr/share/man, etc.
>>> This way they only have to write 1 set of installation packages and
>>> not a separate package for each Linux distribution they wish to
>>> develop for.
>>> -Ross
>>> ______________________________________________________________________
>> Cool, thanx for the explanation :) I suppose it doesn't change the 
>> licensing at all.
Sure, it will make the transition smoother for gamers, sound engineers, 
etc who need those extra drivers, but how would it work for the 
different distro's? I mean, if we have CentOS LSB, and the directory & 
file structure is standard complaint, does it mean other distro's will 
need todo that as well, or will it mean that hardware developers will 
only write their drivers for the specific distro's which are LSB complaint?


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