The Free Standards Group (FSG) and Oracle today announced that Oracle has joined the FSG as a platinum member. FSG is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening and promoting Linux as a platform for application development. Oracle plans on contributing to FSG’s Linux Standard Base (LSB) workgroup and providing feedback and guidance on its requirements for developing and supporting enterprise applications for Linux. Oracle’s support of the FSG and LSB is a significant milestone in the development of the standard and highlights the LSB’s success in solving Linux application development issues.
"Linux is a strategic platform for Oracle," said Donald Deutsch. Oracle Vice President, Standards Strategy and Architecture. "Because of that, we felt it’s important that we extend our commitment to standards-based computing and join the standardization authority for the Linux community: the Free Standards Group. Their Linux Standard Base is an ideal forum to collaborate with the greater Linux ecosystem on important issues for our customer base. We look forward to working with the FSG and its member companies to continue to drive the adoption of Linux as a solution for our enterprise customers."
"As the largest enterprise software company, Oracle is one of the most influential and important Linux software vendors," said Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Free Standards Group. "By joining the FSG they send a clear message that they support open standards. Their joining the FSG is a watershed moment for the Linux platform, showing that all major Linux software vendors have joined together to support the LSB and keep Linux from fragmenting. Their participation in our workgroup will help us meet the most pressing needs for Linux users and developers."
Oracle and Linux
Oracle has been a long-standing, key contributor to the Linux community. Oracle produced its first commercial Linux database in 1998. Since that time Oracle has worked steadily to improve the experience of all Linux users. Oracle’s Linux Engineering team is a trusted part of the Linux community, and has made major code contributions such as Oracle Cluster File System that is now part of Linux kernel 2.6.16. Oracle has been and will continue contributing Linux related innovations, modifications, documentation and fixes directly to the Linux community on a timely basis.
The Free Standards Group is the standardization and certification authority for Linux. Without a commonly adopted standard, Linux could fragment, proving costly for ISVs to port their applications to the operating system and making it difficult for end users and Linux vendors alike. With the LSB, all parties – distribution vendors, ISVs and end users – benefit as it becomes easier and less costly for software vendors to target Linux, resulting in more applications available for the Linux platform. All major Linux commercial and community organizations support the Free Standards Group.