RE: Question About Becoming LSB Certified..?!
>To Whom It May Concern,
>I have a question about becoming LSB certified.
>My group, which is working on a LSB-compliant
>distro would like it to be LSB certified, but we
>do NOT have that kind of money -- actually we
>have no money at all -- to pay for
>certification...so how can we become certified
>if you want the little guys to comply with the
>LSB, when only companies can seem to pay your
>price for certification. This is a valid point
>I am making and would like to see this question
The certification program costs money because it
is quite formal and incurs costs to operate.
The FSG does not have the expertise to operate such
a program, so the administration of the program is
outsourced to a company experienced in conducting
robust certification programs. To quote from the
press release of yesterday:
"Certification is not a profit center for the Free
Standards Group," said George Kraft IV, LSB Workgroup
Chair. "It was designed to give users and developers
the highest confidence that whatever LSB Certified
Linux distribution or program they work with meets
the highest possible adherence to the standard."
There is nothing to stop you from claiming
LSB conformance and providing the test results
to back up that claim, and we fully expect
that there are people who will wish to do this.
This should provide all of the technical benefits,
as you would be LSB conforming and can run LSB
applications. However in this scenario you would
not be able to use the FSG's "LSB Certified" brand.
In the end you will have to weight the benefits
of being able to disply the certification brand
vs. the costs of obtaining it.