It’s official: I’ve joined the Free Standards Group as Chief Technology Officer and chair of the FSG’s Linux Standard Base (LSB) workgroup. (The FSG made some great additions to its board too.) This promises to be a breakout year for the LSB and for free standards in general, and I’m excited to be a part of it. Some of the things on tap for the coming year are:
- The LSB 3.1 release (which adds Desktop functionality to the ISO standard LSB Core, among other things)
- A crisp, well defined roadmap for LSB 4.0 and beyond, with increased emphasis on synchronicity with the major distros and stability, predictability and consistency of the LSB ABIs/APIs over time
- A renewed emphasis on increasing direct involvement of distros, ISVs, and upstreams in the LSB development process
- A developer outreach program that will make it easier than ever for software developers to target the Linux platform in a portable way (hint: ever wish there was a Linux Developer Network?)
- A franchised certification program that will allow third parties to integrate LSB certification into their own value-added certification offerings (our recent announcement that we’ve teamed up on a certification center in China is a hint of things to come here)
As with most major life changes, this one’s bittersweet in some ways, as in the process of embracing this exciting project, I’ve had to step away from another, namely Progeny, the company I co-founded way back in 1999 (!). It’s always hard to move on from something that’s been a big part of your life for such a long time, and it’s particularly hard when you don’t feel like you’re “done” yet. On the positive side, I leave Progeny in excellent hands, and I’m able to remain involved in that wonderful position called “advisor”.
Speaking of Progeny, I’m exceedingly proud of all we accomplished over the years. Not only did we survive the .com bust, but we successfully reinvented ourselves in the midst of it all. Furthermore, we not only survived, we pioneered: we were among the first (if not the first) to build a business model around the customization and integration of open source code, a model that’s been adopted by some of the hottest open source startups of the past few years. I’m also immensely proud of the DCC Alliance—indeed, my new role with the FSG is, in a lot of ways, a natural progression from that latest waypoint in a string of projects that date back to 1993.
That’s it for now. Watch this space for additional news about the LSB as it continues to unfold. Better yet, get involved and help make it all happen!