IBM Press announces book guide to LSB 2.0

Heather Fox writes “Upper Saddle River, NJ, (November, 2004) – IBM Press, the official publisher of IBM retail books for professionals and students, is pleased to announce publication of the first book on developing applications with the Linux Standard Base 2.0, titled Building Applications with the Linux Standard Base (ISBN 0-13-145695-4). The book is written by core members of the Linux Standard Base Team.

The Linux Standard Base (LSB) is a committee of the Free Standards Group (FSG), an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the use and acceptance of free and open source software by developing and promoting standards.

The LSB specification offers an answer to the most pressing issue facing Linux today: fragmentation. A large assortment of industry leaders have pledged their support to the standard and the Free Standards Group to prevent this from happening. FSG has developed LSB along with a number of tools and test suites to enable applications to run unmodified across all LSB-compliant Linux distributions.

Building Applications with the Linux Standard Base is therefore the authoritative hands-on guide for Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and other Linux application and software developers on how to create, test and certify software to be LSB 2.0-compliant. LSB 2.0, which released in September, is especially significant for software developers because it includes key enhancements: for example, support for C++ applications. The book is organized into 14 chapters within five major sections, opening with an overview of the LSB, then moving on to developing LSB applications, certifying for the LSB, contributing to the LSB, and finally, using LSB resources.

“The publication of this book is a further testament to the momentum and import of the LSB,†said Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Free Standards Group. “This book is crucial for ISVs and developers who are creating LSB-compliant applications. We are thrilled to have worked with IBM Press on this important milestone in the evolution of the LSB.â€

The book is packaged with a CD-ROM that contains the full Linux Standard Base 2.0 specification in both PDF and HTML format. It also includes the sample program files that are provided in the book.

“We are committed to publishing books that drive the continued adoption of Open Source software in the enterprise, and we believe this book represents a critical contributionâ€, said IBM Press Linux Publishing Partner Mark L. Taub. “Software developers of all types need to understand how the LSB benefits them, and how to build applications that are LSB-compliant. This book/CD-ROM package is the definitive source for Linux application developers looking to create LSB-compliant applications,†he said.

The book will be available through major chain and independent booksellers nationwide and through online vendors at a suggested retail price of US $44.99. To learn more about the Linux Standard Base, please visit . To learn more about the book, visit or contact IBM Press Publicist Heather Fox at 201-236-7139 or email:

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