Free Standards Group

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Free Standards Group
SuccessorLinux Foundation
TypeNonprofit organization
Focusopen standards, free software movement[1]
Area served

The Free Standards Group was an industry non-profit consortium chartered to primarily specify and drive the adoption of open source standards. It was founded in 1998.[2]

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.[3]

Work groups[edit]

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

  • The Linux Standard Base (LSB), 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), a standard that creates a foundation for language globalization of compliant distributions and applications
  • The Linux Assigned Names and Numbers Authority (LANANA)
  • OpenPrinting, creating a scalable printing architecture and high-level requirements for a standardized printing system
  • Accessibility, developing accessibility standards for free and open source platforms
  • Open Cluster, defining a set of clustering interface standards
  • The DWARF Debugging Format Standard

Corporate members[edit]

Not-for-profit members[edit]

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


  1. ^ a b c "The Free Standards Group: A Brief Introduction". Retrieved 2020-12-17.
  2. ^ "The Imperative for Linux Standards: A Recommendation for the Future, A White Paper Prepared by the Free Standards Group" (PDF). 2005-08-01. Archived from the original (PDF, 587k) on 2006-09-24. Retrieved 2016-12-07. The Free Standards Group was formed in 1998 to promote open source software through standards.
  3. ^ "New Linux Foundation Launches – Merger of Open Source Development Labs and Free Standards Group" (Press release). The Linux Foundation. 2007-01-22. Archived from the original on 2008-04-08. Retrieved 2007-01-22. Computing is entering a world dominated by two platforms: Linux and Windows.