Home > Linux > Four Leading Linux Distros to be LSB Certified Four Leading Linux Distros to be LSB Certified David Adams 2002-08-14 Linux 12 Comments According to an EWeek article, the The Free Standards Group will announce today that Caldera, Mandrake, Red Hat and SuSE are Linux Standard Base certified. The LSB Certification program was launched at LinuxWorld in New York in late January. About The Author David Adams Follow me on Twitter @david_adams 12 Comments 2002-08-14 8:03 pm Debian GNU/Linux seems to be the most compatable to the FHS GNU/Linux distro, but it’s not mentioned a whit in this article. I’d think, with all the talk on the Debian FHS/LSB lists, that Debian GNU/Linux (or Debian BSD) would be done and mentioned and on this list. Do non-commercial distro’s not rate? -bobman 2002-08-14 8:52 pm I know this might sound like a stupid question, but whats LSB? I dont recall hearing it before. 2002-08-14 9:00 pm LSB: Linux Standard Base 2002-08-14 9:04 pm is not totally LSB conform since this would require to use and/or support RPM3 as a/the standard format. 2002-08-14 9:33 pm Blech 2002-08-14 11:15 pm http://distrowatch.com/article-rpm.php 2002-08-15 12:09 am who is this david adams bloke anyway? 2002-08-15 1:35 am >is not totally LSB conform since this would require to >use and/or support RPM3 as a/the standard format. Its not needed as the standard format. It just needs to be supported(you must be able to install an RPM, and the RPM libraries,utilities must be available). 2002-08-15 1:42 am >http://distrowatch.com/article-rpm.php This is imho a stupid article. One of his main complaints is the incompabilities of RPMs between distros. We would have the same mess if everyone used debs. And also, some distros inability to make a system smoothly upgradeable, or they are not very careful with dependency constraints got _nothing_ to do with RPM itself. And as he says, apt is available for RPM also. I find it great, it works like a charm. The better thing about debian is that it has _damn_ many debs to apt-get, but that again have nothing to do with .deb vs .rpm 2002-08-15 4:57 am David Adams is the founder and publisher of OS News, and normally a very lazy guy who doesn’t help out much with day-to-day news posting. 🙂 But since Eugenia was playing at Linux World . . . 2002-08-15 8:23 am Austin Brower: Debian GNU/Linux seems to be the most compatable to the FHS GNU/Linux distro, but it’s not mentioned a whit in this article. Accroading to Debian themselves, they do not follow the LSB. And it is much more than its choice of package manager. LSB was mainly written to make it easier to Red Hat-like distros could move easily. There is logic in there: most of the distros and most of the Linux users are Red Hat or Red Hat-like distro users. Debian is a few releases would be LSB compatible, it is transiting towards it. Jim: 2002-08-17 7:24 am I went to Debconf2 in Toronto last month and one of the speakers gave a presentation on Debian and LSB. It is being actively worked on and is almost complete. FYI, Debian has had RPM and librpm for years and years. You can actually run RPM to install something directly, but the preferred method is to use “alien” on the RPM to do a bit of Debianization on it first. Remember Debian is made by volunteers, not paid employees, so I’m not suprised that the commercial distros have hustled to jump on the LSB bandwagon quickly. Not to worry, Debian is already ~95% compatible with a few loose ends to tidy up here and there.