April 6, 2007

ChangeLog: Linux Foundation to release LSB update, testing tools Monday

Author: Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier

Linux developers will find a little extra in their Easter basket this weekend. The Linux Foundation has released an update to the Linux Standard Base (LSB) with a testing toolkit that developers and ISVs can use to validate applications against the LSB.

According to a release that will be issued Monday, the Linux Foundation will publish LSB 3.1 Update 1, which includes the LSB Distribution Testkit (LSB DTK), a testing framework that will reduce the need for hands-on testing and make it easier for developers to interpret test results when validating a Linux distro against the LSB. It includes a Web-based front end testing process developed in a partnership with the Russian Academy of Sciences.

The automated testing tools in this release were originally slated for the 3.2 release, which is scheduled for later this year, but the Linux Foundation pushed them into the LSB 3.1 update 1 in order to get them to ISVs and distribution developers earlier.

The testing kits can be found on the Linux Foundation Web site, and the lightweight LSB Application Testkit can be found on the Linux Foundation Developers Web site. The Application Testkit is for use by ISVs to see if applications are LSB compliant.

The Linux Foundation was formed by a merger of the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) and Free Standards Group earlier this year.

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