[NEWS] 'Linux is too much like Windows'

Christopher Yeoh cyeoh at samba.org
Mon Dec 30 12:42:01 CST 2002

At 2002/12/29 00:42-0800  James Leone writes:
> Ok fine that's out of context, :-D  but this isn't. I think that a group 
> of major open source software projects (INCLUDING STALLMAN) should form 
> a Standards Board to answer the following questions:
> 1. Where should configuration files go?
> 2. How should installations work
> 3. Pick a standard .Deb or RPM and stick with it
> 4. Pick a boot sequence standard and stick with it
> 5. Documentation standards
> 6. Ease of use standards
> 7. Justification for changing the command line systax of your applications
> 8. Development roadmaps
> 9. Elect a leader at large to give some direction
> That way when a company looks into porting their application they won't 
> have to wonder if it will work in two years or require excessive 
> maintenance.

Have a look at the Linux Standard Base (http://www.linuxbase.org)
project. It already covers most of what you ask for above and there
are a number of distributions certified to be compliant:


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Canberra, Australia

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