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LSB 3.1 unifies Linux desktop standards

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The Free Standards Group (FSG) will unveil Linux Standard Base 3.1, the first LSB version to include explicit Linux desktop application support, April 25 at the Desktop Linux Summit in San Diego. The standard has already been endorsed by Linux leaders Red Hat and Novell, along with other major Linux players such as AMD, Asianux, CA, Dell, HP, IBM, Intel, Mandriva, RealNetworks, Red Flag, and Turbolinux, according to the FSG.

The first LSB 3.1 certified desktop distribution is expected to come from Xandros, on May 1st. Other major Linux distributors such as Red Hat, Novell, Ubuntu, the DCC Alliance members, and others also plan to certify their versions of Linux to LSB 3.1, FSG added.

Benefits of standardization

Because of this standardization, application developers will find it much easier to target the complete Linux platform. This, in turn, will remove a major hindrance to Linux desktop adoption by providing a cohesive Linux desktop environment.

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