Red Hat Enterprise Linux v.3 Has Become First Vendor to Achieve LSB Internationalization Runtime Environment Certification


United States, April 14, 2004

New certification reinforces Red Hat focus on international standards.

Red Hat is also the first vendor to commit publicly to the OpenI18N endorsed input method framework called IIIMF, which allows input of complex text languages, such as Chinese, Japanese and Hindi, and switching between them. The goal of OpenI18N is to be an open neutral body that takes care of internationalization issues in open source software to avoid different countries establishing unique standards for Linux. "LSB Internationalization Runtime Environment Certification provides a paradigm of 'write once, run anywhere in the world', allowing developers to write software that can more easily adapt to any language and culture," said Scott McNeil, executive director of the Free Standards Group. "Through certification, Red Hat ensures its compatibility across not only enterprise infrastructures, but language and cultural variations as well."

"Standards are critical for widespread adoption of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform and enabling interoperability with other distributions and applications," said Brian Stevens, vice president of Operating System Development at Red Hat. "As the leading provider of open source solutions, Red Hat is committed to promoting industry-wide standards such as OpenI18N that will ultimately benefit end users around the world."

The LSB is a workgroup under the Free Standards Group and a community effort to standardize the elements of Linux-based operating systems so that independent software vendors (ISVs) can support all Linux-based operating systems. The LSB standardizes the core functionality of Linux and the suite of GNU tools, giving Linux distributions and Linux-based applications the opportunity to reach a wider market, while allowing application developers to concentrate on increased functionality. As a long-time supporter of this effort, Red Hat believes that standardization is an important goal for the Linux community and plans to continue aiding this venture.

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