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The Free Standards Group was an industry non-profit consortium chartered to primarily specify and drive the adoption of open source standards.

All standards developed by the Free Standards Group (FSG) were released under open terms (the GNU Free Documentation License with no cover texts or invariant sections) and test suites, sample implementations and other software were released as free software.

On January 22, 2007, the Free Standards group and the OSDL merged to form The Linux Foundation, narrowing their respective focuses to that of promoting Linux in competition with Microsoft Windows.[1]


Work Groups

FSG responsibility for the following work groups has now transferred to The Linux Foundation:

  • The Linux Standard Base is a set of interface standards allowing for the ultimate portability of applications across various Linux versions and distributions. Conformance with this specification is certified by The Open Group (under contract with the Free Standards Group).
  • The Open Internationalization Initiative (OpenI18N) is a standard that creates a foundation for language globalization of compliant distributions and applications.
  • The Linux Assigned Names and Numbers Authority (LANANA)
  • OpenPrinting is creating a scalable printing architecture and high-level requirements for a standardized printing system.
  • Accessibility is developing accessibility standards for free and open source platforms.
  • Open Cluster is defining a set of clustering interface standards.
  • The DWARF Debugging Format Standard.

Corporate members

Not-for-profit Members

The Free Standards Group also had individual memberships; the board of directors was elected annually by all of the membership.




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