The Linux Foundation put out a press release today announcing the latest update to the Linux Standards Base (LSB) and the creation of new testing tools to ensure compatibility. The LSB, now version 3.1, is a key initiative to promote interoperability in the Linux realm by making applications run to a common specification across various Linux distributions. Novell has always been one of the first vendors to certify its platforms to LSB, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 is LSB 3.1 compliant.
The Linux Foundation also announced today a new Linux testing initiative. Per the release, this “introduces new automated testing toolkits for distributions and application vendors, linking development more closely to certification. The result will be reduced development costs and tighter integration between upstream developers, distributions, applications and the LSB standard.” This is designed to “provide the same long-term compatibility guarantees and comprehensive compatibility testing as proprietary platforms such as Microsoft Windows.”
The Linux Foundation is off to a good start following its creation from the merger of the Open Source Development Lab and the Free Standards Group earlier this year.