Per its website, the group “is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the use of free and open source software by developing and promoting standards. Key Free Standards Group projects include the Linux Standard Base (LSB), and OpenI18N, the internationalization initiative. Supported by leaders in the IT industry as well as the open source development community, the Free Standards Group fulfills a critical need to have common behavioral specifications, tools and ABIs across Linux platforms.” So far, it’s big project involves making a standard Linux, in fact, the organization’s tag line is: “safeguarding the future of Linux through standards.”
I get that Linux needs standards, if it has a chance of really growing. But beyond that, I guess I don’t get it. There are plenty of standards groups; they all push standards. So far as I know, they push standards for open source and non-open source software. Why does the world need a group to develop and promote standards just to push the use of free and open source software?