[lsb-discuss] Thinking about future LSB features

Dallman, John john.dallman at siemens.com
Wed Feb 11 10:13:05 PST 2009

> What would make LSB more useful to you?

The lack of Motif support is what kills it for most of my employers' 
apps. I understand the reasons, but while there is no Motif, many 
people don't see any point in doing the work to be otherwise LSB-
compliant. And they really don't like the idea of switching to a 
Motif substitute, unless it claims to be a complete replacement, up 
front, with someone who'll fix deficiencies, and they don't see an 
adequate gain in re-writing huge amounts of complex GUI in Qt, or 
something else. It would be man-decades of work, at a conservative 

No, these people don't have any ideological commitment to Linux. 
To them it is just another UNIX platform. So far, customers only 
seem to want the products (big expensive CAD and PDM software) on
SUSE Enterprise and Red Hat Enterprise, so they don't have any 
strong pressure to go to LSB. 

Various company products that don't have an GUI because they are 
math libraries, are much more willing to adopt LSB. For them, the 
pain is quite small. 

John Dallman
Parasolid Porting Engineer

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