Linux standards base Version 2.0 has C++ support

The Free Standards Group (FSG) on Tuesday will release Version 2.0 of its Linux Standard Base (LSB), a key standard that enables developers to rally around a common programming framework and keeps Linux from fragmenting into competing camps.

One of the new ingredients to Version 2.0 is the Application Binary Interface (ABI) for C++ and the support for 32- and 64-bit hardware architectures. This added support will help make Linux an even more pervasive technology in companies both large and small as well as guarantee that it will run on all versions of Linux from major distributors, officials from FSG believe.

"(Microsoft's) C++ is the most widely used programming language in the world, so it opens up the ability for thousands of enterprise applications to be certified to the LSB. It provides, for instance, major ERP vendors with a cost-effective way of reaching the Linux marketplace. It means the LSB has global coverage all the way from Red Hat to Red Flag," said Jim Zemlin, executive director of FSG.

Most of the top-tier vendors that have strategic Linux-based strategies in place endorsed the new version, including IBM, Intel, Dell, and Hewlett-Packard. Top Linux distributors followed suit with their endorsements, including Novell with its Suse Linux, Red Hat, Turbolinux, Mandrakesoft, China-based Red Flag Software, and Brazil-based Connectiva.

Concern that the Linux development community might fragment, much like the Unix world did in the late 1980s and early 1990s, thereby leaving the competitive door open for Microsoft, has been an almost constant priority during the last several years. Some industry observers believe LSB can play a central role in preventing just that.

"If I, as a developer, have to port my application to two different distributions of Linux, that is one distribution too many," said Jon "Maddog" Hall, executive director of Linux International.

"The way of assuring that every distribution has all the applications it needs to be successful is through specifying and applying a cross-distribution, cross-application, neutrally determined standard," Hall said. "The LSB can provide that specification. Without this, we are no better than the proprietary Unix systems of old."

Other new software capabilities added to LSB 2.0 include support for Single Unix Specification 3.0. In addition, LSB 2.0 includes test suites and a development environment, a sample implementation of a complete LSB-based distribution, and developer documentation, FSG officials said.

The new 64-bit hardware support includes the IBM PowerPC 64, S/390, and S/390X platforms and Advanced Micro Device's 64-bit Opteron chip. Intel's 32-bit and 64-bit architectures are also supported.

IDC, which predicted in 1997 that Linux would become a mainstream operating system in all major segments of the industry by the end 2005, still believes the open source operating system is on track to achieve that goal.

"It appears that this process is well under way now. Linux has already achieved this status in some markets. Multi-vendor, multi-platform standards, such as the Linux Standards Base, are a critical success factor if distributors, independent software suppliers, and end-user organizations are going to continue to invest in Linux," said Dan Kusnetzky, IDC's vice president of system software research.

More information on the LSB 2.0 and FSG is available at http://www.freestandards.org.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Ed Scannell

InfoWorld
Show Comments

Cool Tech

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?