Question About Becoming LSB Certified..?!

Cook, Steven C steven.c.cook at
Fri Aug 16 09:07:30 PDT 2002


Please take off your blinders and re-read the thread.  Many
people/[small|medium|large] businesses can be LSB _compliant_ for free.  All
they have to do is run the free tests against their distribution and have no
failures.  Some businesses (as noted previously, especially those that need
to sell to corporate clients) will want/need a "certification" logo to give
the IT houses a "warm fuzzy" that their in-house developed tools will
continue to work with this "new" product.  The certification costs money.
The compliance costs time and effort to make sure your distribution passes
the LSB compliance test suite.

--steve cook--

-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Constable [mailto:markc at]
Sent: Friday, August 16, 2002 07:42
To: lsb-discuss at
Subject: Re: Question About Becoming LSB Certified..?!

On Friday 16 August 2002 23:38, Dan Kegel wrote:
> > So does that mean "you guys" will control whether any particular
> > distro is LSB compliant or not and unless participants pay some
> > amount of money they can never be offically sanctioned as a truly
> > LSB compliant system ?
> Oh, relax.  All the test suites are open, you can run your own
> conformance tests.  With small distros, all people care about is
> that their programs run!  The large distros need the official seal
> so corporate buyers won't balk.  Once you are worried about that
> problem, you can afford the fee for the official testing.

So the answer is "yes" to my question that no one will be officially
LSB compliant unless they pay some "you'll never have to worry about
it" type sum of money.

A direct question then: will Debian be required to pay this sum ?

If so then would any Debian person like to explain how this is going
to be handled (the funds accumulation and transfer) ?

(Perhaps my 2nd question is better aimed at the Debian channels,
depending on the first answer, however, this is lsb-discuss.)

> If you want to worry about restrictive compliance testing regimes,
> go check out what it takes to be certified as Java 1.4 compliant,
> or J2EE compliant.  Sun makes it *very*, *very* expensive, and in fact,
> more or less impossible.

That could be expected because they own what they are licensing.
Whereas the LSB sits on top of... (add any open source rhetoric).

Thanks for the clarification.


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