[lsb-discuss] Thoughts on LSB ISO standard

Carlos O'Donell carlos_odonell at mentor.com
Tue Jul 31 14:07:38 UTC 2012

On 7/30/2012 7:36 PM, Robert Schweikert wrote:
> First sorry for missing last weeks call, and I will also miss the
> next call as I will be away again.
> On 07/25/2012 12:34 PM, Carlos O'Donell wrote: <snip>
>>> - LSB has often been criticised for not covering enough of Linux
>>> "common" functionality; since LSB-core is a subset of full LSB,
>>> that question should be even larger for whether LSB-core is
>>> actually useful as an ISO standard. At the same time, there has
>>> also been the very real debate about whether an LSB specification
>>> which includes "desktop" elements is an appropriate requirement
>>> for server-oriented installations of LSB.
>> Isn't this is a question that the LSB itself has to already answer
>> for certification?
>> I would imagine that the ISO document would follow an already
>> established answer.
>> For example the ISO LSB could be lsb-core, with all other
>> functionality grouped into optional Annexes.
>> Alternatively you could publish multiple documents one for each
>> part of the LSB and make them different standard.
> Nope, I am very strongly opposed to having multiple standards. There
> can be multiple ISO standards, I really have no strong opinion about
> that as I believe we gain little to no benefit of having ISO LSB and
> further I believe that our "target customers" (ISVs) do not care
> about ISO certification.
> As far as LSB and LSB certification, as we know it today is concerned
> I believe it to be of high importance that there is only one. If the
> LSB is broken apart as a compliance/certification standard we end up
> with a mess and the value promise that we make gets lost.
> My $0.02 Robert

I only made the suggestion to show that it had been done that way in other
industries and was one possible option.

Your rationale for keeping the standard together sounds very reasonable
and make perfect sense.

Carlos O'Donell
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