Linux Standards Base relationship

M. Drew Streib dtype at
Fri Feb 7 22:16:34 UTC 2003

On Fri, Feb 07, 2003 at 12:53:00PM -0800, Matt Kraai wrote:
> Is the LSB really an SPI project?
> The SPI web site[1] lists the LSB as an SPI project.  The LSB web
> site[2] states that it is a workgroup of the Free Standards Group.
> The Free Standards Group web site[3] lists the LSB is a FSG
> project and SPI as a nonprofit member.
> Could someone please clarify?

LSB has origins in SPI, as do a few other projects. The standard is
currently owned by the Free Standards Group, a separate nonprofit entity,
which has its own membership and its own board.

* LSB is a SPI-originated project
* FSG is a separate entity that is the current legal owner of the LSB

SPI and the FSG are on extremely good terms, and as you noted, SPI
is a nonprofit member of the FSG, and participated in the recent FSG
board elections.

On a side note, many Debian developers participate in the creation 
and modification of the LSB, and the FSG takes special care to include
Debian in its processes, and ensure that there is a compliance testing
path for Debian GNU/Linux as well.


M. Drew Streib <dtype at>
Independent Rambler, Software/Standards/Freedom/Law --
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