March 20, 2001, 1:47 PM —
Last week I petitioned for tangible, far-reaching results from Linux Standard Base and hope you, too, will demand results in a timely manner. Among many other things, I asked for a comprehensive self-hosting sample implementation of an LSB-compliant Linux distribution. In plain language, that means I want a standard Linux distribution anyone can install and run. Every commercial and nonprofit Linux distributor would start with this standard, and then add the unique kind of value that does not cause incompatibilities.
Chief executive of TurboLinux Paul Thomas outlined a similar vision recently in an article published by CNet (see Resources for a link). In it, he says he envisions the consolidation of Linux distributions so that everyone ends up using the same basic distribution. Personally, I don't care whether the result comes from commercial consolidation or through standards. All I care about is that we get there.
Linux Standard Base currently does not officially plan to deliver a comprehensive self-hosting standard implementation. Depending on whom you talk to, a standard distribution is either a terrific or horrific idea.