Question About Becoming LSB Certified..?!

Glenn McGrath bug1 at
Fri Aug 16 19:16:38 PDT 2002

On 16 Aug 2002 09:02:19 -0700
Ron Tidd <rtidd at> wrote:

> Really now.
> So let's take a step back and try again.
> Compliancy is free. Certification is not.
> You think certification should be free?  Other than raising a stink
> about a third party wanting to make a living, how do you propose to
> accomplish this?
> 1) Certification needs to be done by a 3rd party to be trustworthy. 
> 2) LSB should insure that the Certifying authority is qualified and
> trustworthy, or the LSB certified tag means nothing.
> So, tell us, where are you going to find an organization that is
> qualified to run LSB tests, and is willing to work for free?

Conformance,  Compliance and Certification should be testing for the same
thing, the only difference should be who runs the test and where the
results are sent.

I assume the tests are automated, so anyone can verify that someone elses
system is in compliance by running the test themselves, they dont HAVE to
trust a 3rd party company, any in possesion of there work can run the test
themselves, if its not upto scratch they can report it.

The Free software movement wouldnt exist if people wernt prepared to work
without financial gain, you seem to be implying that although the free
software community is capable of producing huge amounts of Free code, we
arent capable, or trustworthy enough to run an automated test to test our
(other each others) software.


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