[lsb-discuss] Does anyone care about LSB on arm?
jeff at licquia.org
Wed Jun 1 15:00:13 UTC 2011
On 06/01/2011 07:25 AM, Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton wrote:
> so in _that_ regard, the question becomes: "are the efforts of the
> free software community better off being spent elsewhere"? and "what
> benefit is there *TO THE FREE SOFTWARE COMMUNITY* of doing LSB for
> ARM"? forget the proprietary junkies, they'll suck anything from us
> that moves and not give a dime in return.
That seems to be my cue to provide the community case for the LSB.
The LSB provides several things to the community:
- a framework for allowing Linux distributions to pool their userbase
and work together as one platform instead of multiple platforms, one per
- test suites which identifies both compatibility problems and
outright bugs to be detected and fixed
- a method for targeting builds at multiple distributions at once,
both proprietary and free
- reporting tools for finding portability problems in built apps,
again for both proprietary and free apps
We currently provide all of this for 7 architectures. ARM benefits
indirectly (for example, many of the compatibility breaks detected on,
say, x86_64 will affect all archs equally), but indirect support doesn't
include the tools we've developed, and often compatibility issues are
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