The Free Standards Group (FSG), a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing and promoting open source software standards, and the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), a global consortium dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Linux in the enterprise, announced a collaboration to accelerate enterprise adoption of the Linux Standard Base (LSB) with new services to support software vendors developing applications for Linux.
The two organizations already work closely with Linux distribution and independent software vendors. FSG partnered with OSDL on a new open project called the OSDL Working Set that aims to identify and quantify the most commonly deployed packages with Linux in enterprise production environments. FSG also helped create the conference program for the upcoming January, 2005 OSDL Enterprise Linux Summit in Burlingame, California. At this Summit, FSG will conduct a tutorial on developing LSB 2.0 compliant applications.
With this announcement, the two organizations are combining some efforts to further the adoption of Linux. OSDL will provide infrastructure and outreach support staff to software vendors who are writing LSB-compliant applications for Linux. The Free Standards Group will work with OSDL to capture their feedback and enterprise requirements for future releases of the specification. In addition, OSDL and FSG will work together in Europe, Asia/Pac and the Americas to expand memberships of both organizations.
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