[fedora-arm] Does anyone care about LSB on arm?

Jon Masters jcm at redhat.com
Sat Jun 4 05:32:17 UTC 2011

On Wed, 2011-06-01 at 12:25 +0100, Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton wrote:

>  sooo... although the situation *right now* is that nobody in the
> commercial world is the slightest bit interested in LSB because they
> all do "custom builds" of complete software stacks, it could be said
> that *if* the free software community just dropped ready-to-go LSB
> standards in front of their noses, they'd quite likely use it.

The reason we're discussing this is because a new architecture isn't
going to be supported in standards like LSB overnight. It might take
some time, and by that time, things may have changed with respect to the
adoption of ARM systems. But if we don't think ahead, we're forced to be
reactionary and try to do this (probably less effectively) later on.

Nobody will be forced to adopt LSB, but general purpose distributions
can benefit from having compatibility at the software level. Is this an
issue for deeply embedded platforms? Not so much. Is it bad that Android
rebuilds the Universe? It's their decision to make. I think we need to
distinguish between traditional embedded uses of ARM parts, which will
continue, and those of larger parts running general a purpose OS. I
don't expect to see Fedora running on my cellphone, but I do have it
running on a netbook quite nicely - the latter needs LSB more.

I'll leave the rest of the rhetoric alone :)


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