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Covalent Technologies Pledges Support To Linux Standard... - 9/16/2004 3:29:39 PM   


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Covalent today announced a pledge of support for the newly announced Linux Standards Base (LSB) 2.0. By supporting the LSB, Covalent announces the intent to certify to the standard, thereby delivering interoperability between its web server software and all LSB-compliant versions of Linux. This is significant since it will save Covalent the time, resources and energy currently associated with porting to various distributions of Linux.

The Linux Standard Base is developed and maintained by the Free Standards Group (FSB), a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing and promoting open source software standards. The next version of the specification offers an answer to the most pressing issue facing Linux today: fragmentation. A large assortment of industry leaders have pledged their support to the new standard and the Free Standards Group to prevent this from happening. The Standard is supported by major players in the Linux Community including IBM, Hewlett-Packard, AMD, Dell, Intel, Conectiva, MandrakeSoft, Red Hat, Sun, Novell's SUSE LINUX, and Turbolinux. The FSG has developed LSB along with a number of tools and test suites to facilitate the creation of a standard Linux.

"By certifying to the Linux Standards Base, we ensure that Linux remains free. As an ISV, it's important that we don't have to port our software to all the flavors of Linux," states Covalent CEO, Mark Brewer. "By writing to the standard, we know our Apache build will work with Linux. The Free Standards Group balances the interests of everyone in the Linux community."

"We are pleased to see the support for the LSB from Covalent," said Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Free Standards Group. "Their participation is crucial to the standard's -- and ultimately Linux's -- success. We applaud their proactive vision and their actions to safeguard the openness and interoperability of Linux."

The Linux Standard Base specification contains a base set of Application Binary Interfaces (ABI's), libraries and interoperability standards. It also includes test suites, development environments, sample implementations and developer documentation. More information on the standard can be found on the FSG's Web site and in a press release announcing the specification issued at LinuxWorld.

LSB 2.0 features the revision of the core specification to support modules that are built on the foundation of the core LSB. This will accommodate future growth, as Linux standards for different vertical markets, for example, are developed as extensions to the core LSB. LSB 2.0 also introduces an ABI for C++ -- a long-awaited feature. The LSB 2.0 also incorporates updates to many of the specifications and implementations underlying the LSB, such as the Single Unix Specification.

Finally, LSB 2.0 introduces support for new architectures, including PPC64 and AMD64. Other CPU architectures supported by LSB 2.0 include IA32 and IA64 architectures, as well as PPC32, S390 and S390X.

In addition to providing a written specification, LSB 2.0 includes a wide range of tools for Linux, such as test suites, a development environment, a sample implementation and developer documentation.

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