Red Hat INC, the world''s premier open source solution
provider to the enterprise, yesterday announced that Red
Hat Enterprise Linux v.3 is the first operating system
to be certified by the Free Standards Group to conform
with the Linux Standard Base (LSB) Internationalised Runtime
Environment. The certification is consistent with Red
Hat''s open source architecture strategy to provide a common,
standards-based computing environment across the enterprise.
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 internationalisation issues in open source
software to avoid different countries establishing unique
standards for Linux.
Internationalisation 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."
new IIIMF input method framework, will become the core
component of Indic computing as we have to deal with
switching between multiple languages and multiple keyboard
layouts," said Satish Mohan, head engineering,
Red Hat India. "This certification will help communities
working on local language enablement to select the correct
platform for development. "
LSB is a workgroup under the Free Standards Group and
a community effort to standardise the elements of Linux-based
operating systems so that independent software vendors
(ISVs) can support all Linux-based operating systems.
The LSB standardises 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
on increased functionality. As a long-time supporter
of this effort, Red Hat believes that standardisation
is an important goal for the Linux community and plans
to continue aiding this venture.