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More specifically, is it a goal to make Linux match up to the Single UNIX Specification?

Additional details would be nice, for example.

  • Is Linux hopelessly far, or somewhere nearby the SUS?
  • Is the SUS considered pointless?
  • Has Linus said anything about it?
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This is just how I see it, but turning Linux into Unix would be a step backwards. –  rubixibuc Dec 30 '11 at 18:44
    
possible duplicate of Why isn't GNU/Linux SUS v3+ compliant? –  Gilles Dec 30 '11 at 21:39
    
See also Is Linux a Unix? –  Gilles Dec 30 '11 at 21:39
    
This is bordering on trolling or spam for SUS. –  XTL Mar 23 '12 at 6:49

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the truth is linux does not need SUS certification and it does not want to become unix and it does not lack in anything. for SUS, To get a certification you need to pay, and it's actually really expensive, this is what BSD like and GNU/Linux operating system vendors like don't apply to it.

Most of all the GNU/LInux distribution follows the Linux Standard Base, that is free of charge and recognized by almost all the Linux vendors.

see here

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I don't think it's meaningful to talk about what Linux does or does not "want". Linus Torvalds might want something, but the kernel by itself couldn't be certified. A vendor could submit a particular distribution for certification, and I wouldn't be astonished to see that happen, but apparently it hasn't been worth the cost so far. –  Keith Thompson Dec 30 '11 at 20:03
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Since this answer is almost word for word the same as the accepted answer for the cited question, if it gets accepted wouldn't that make a very convincing argument for closing the question as a duplicate? I don't think it helps to have duplicate answers scattered all over. Should this be discussed on meta? –  jw013 Dec 31 '11 at 1:51

No. If anything, in practice UNIX(tm) systems have been becoming more and more GNU/Linux with time. Some in look and API, most by actually offering ports of GNU software for their system.

Most importantly, Linux is just the kernel and there's a crazy number of "operating systems" built with it. Some of them might indeed be interested in pursuing a certification, but it would probably not be worth the effort. Most wouldn't want to be bound by any antiquated spec anyway.

The LSB is a more open effort and many will happily break even that to follow their own ideas.

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