Good news from Linux

Open source will no longer mean open season for little standardization when it comes to the Linux operating system.

On Sept. 14, The Free Standards Group announced the availability of Linux Standard Base (LSB) 2.0, an essential component for the long-term market success of Linux. The best part about it is that many major players who have Linux-based solutions, including IBM, Intel, Dell, and Hewlett-Packard, are endorsing LSB.

If I've lost you, let me explain. For millions of years, the one thing the Windows operating system had going for it was its standardization, which is a good reason why Microsoft has such a stronghold on the market. Linux, a form of the Unix operating system, has gone through many refinements, but until now, there hasn't been a proper path set up.

Although Linux still has just a tiny market share, this should help it prosper. To what extent it will grow is still too hard to tell, but maybe someday soon Bill Gates will have a little more competition.