Piscataway, NJ, and San Francisco,
CA, June 1, 2004: The IEEE and The Open Group have
granted permission to the FreeBSD Project to incorporate material
from the joint IEEE 1003.1™ POSIX® standard and
The Open Group Base Specifications Issue 6.
This step will allow developers of the FreeBSD Platform to
gain a better understanding of how to write portable programs
utilizing IEEE 1003.1, “Standard for Information Technology:
Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX)”. The POSIX
standard, which also forms the core volumes of Version 3 of
The Open Group’s Single UNIX® Specification, defines
a set of fundamental services needed for the construction
of portable application programs. IEEE and The Open Group
have granted permissions for reuse of material covering over
1400 interfaces from the standard including the headers, system
interfaces and utilities.
“Conforming to operating systems standards, and particularly
POSIX, has been a high priority for us,” said Jacques
Vidrine, Security Officer with the FreeBSD Project. “We
want FreeBSD to be an excellent target for portable applications,
as well as a favored platform for developing standards-compliant
software. Thanks to the generosity of the IEEE and The Open
Group, we will be able to incorporate the POSIX documentation,
giving system and application developers the accurate and
complete information needed to create great software and avoid
“We’re seeing a good uptake of the latest standard
within the software development community and are very pleased
to assist community efforts such as the FreeBSD Project,”
said Andrew Josey, Director of Certification at The Open Group
and Chair of the Austin Group.
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was developed and is maintained by a large team of individuals
worldwide who are referred to as the FreeBSD Project. FreeBSD
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encourages broad commercial and non-commercial re-use in both
open and closed source products. FreeBSD is used across a
broad spectrum of products, from embedded storage and network
appliances to the foundation for commercial workstation and
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