Re: US Goverment's View on Linux

Stephen C. Tweedie (
Thu, 2 Sep 1999 23:00:37 +0100 (BST)


On Mon, 30 Aug 1999 15:54:21 +0100 (BST), Alan Cox
<> said:

>> a) aiming for compliance when putting the distribution together, and
>> b) forking out the cash for compliance testing.

> I believe for posix.1 b) is now free. You run the test suite and if you pass
> thats it

The testing is free, but afaik you still aren't compliant unless you
have a compliance document which explicitly states your behaviour in all
of the places where the spec says "implementation defined". (Behaviours
marked "undefined" don't have to be documented.)

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