PROPOSAL: LSB Conformance

George Kraft IV gk4 at
Thu Jan 3 11:04:23 PST 2002

Enclosed is the LSB Conformance proposal that we would like to initiate *now* at
the beginning of the year.  We would like to refine the enclosed terms, then let
Linux distributions make "LSB Conformance" marketing statements.

The LSB will then follow up with official "LSB Certification" and "LSB
Compliance" programs that are more formally endorsed by the FSG/LSB.

George (gk4)


The LSB would like to initiate a "Conformance" program beginning 
January 1st, 2002.  The "LSB Conformance" of a Linux distribution
or application would mean that the suppiler makes a social testimonial
to the Linux community.  The supplier states, without endorsement
from the LSB or FSG, that to their knowledge their deliverable, at the
time of its release, follows the LSB standard.  

Specifically for Linux distributions:

1) follows the LSB written specification
2) passes the binary LSB TET test suite provide by the LSB
3) passes the binary lsblibchk
4) passes the FHS checklist
5) Documents in their release notes all LSB exceptions with a plan of
   resolution and due date

Specifically for Linux applications:

1) follows the LSB written specification
2) link against the LSB stub libraries and runtime linker
3) passes the binary lsbappchk
4) statically links to APIs not specified by the LSB or included with 
   the applicaiton

LSB Conformance is not be be confused with LSB Compliance or LSB Certificaiton.
LSB Compliance is a self test, but requires registration of the results with
the LSB.  LSB Certification is third party testing with registration.

George (gk4)

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