Piscataway, N.J., San Francisco, C.A.
and New York, N.Y., February 15, 2006 - The IEEE
and The Open Group have granted permission to the NetBSD
Foundation to incorporate documentation for more than 1,400
interfaces from the joint IEEE 1003.1™ POSIX® standard
and The Open Group Base Specifications Issue 6 into its NetBSD
This step benefits developers in the NetBSD Project and
software engineers using NetBSD as their target platform.
NetBSD developers can now use standard documentation to express
that a NetBSD operating system conforms to the POSIX standard.
The step also gives engineers who write software to run on
NetBSD a better understanding of how to create portable programs
using 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. The more than 1,400 interfaces
from the standard the NetBSD Foundation can now use includes
header files, interfaces for system and library calls, and
"One of the NetBSD Project's goals is to conform to
standards when this makes sense,” said Alistair Crooks,
president of the NetBSD foundation. “We appreciate
the opportunity The Open Group has presented to us to have
our documentation reflect the POSIX standard, which has been
widely adopted in the IT community.”
“This permission will benefit our users, to whom standards
compliance means a great deal. It is also a huge step forward
for some of our developers, especially those whose native
language is not English, in that documentation can be adopted
which accurately, succinctly and clearly describes all software
features and uses."
Andrew Josey, Director of Certification at The Open Group
and Chair of the Austin Group said, "We're very pleased to extend this grant to the NetBSD project.
It continues the momentum POSIX has built as the de-facto base platform for truly
For information on POSIX® visit http://posixcertified.ieee.org.
About the NetBSD Foundation
NetBSD is a free, secure and highly portable open source
operating system available for many platforms, from 64-bit
Opteron machines and desktop systems to handheld and embedded
devices. Its clean design and advanced features make it
excellent in both production and research environments.
It is user-supported with complete source. Many applications
are easily available through ‘pkgsrc’, the
NetBSD Packages Collection. For more information on the
NetBSD Project contact: http://www.NetBSD.org/
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Flow™ that will enable access to integrated information
within and between enterprises based on open standards
and global interoperability. The Open Group works with
customers, suppliers, consortia and other standard bodies.
Its role is to capture, understand and address current
and emerging requirements, establish policies and share
best practices; to facilitate interoperability, develop
consensus, and evolve and integrate specifications and
open source technologies; to offer a comprehensive set
of services to enhance the operational efficiency of consortia;
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body, develops consensus standards through an open process
that brings diverse parts of an industry together. These
standards set specifications and procedures based on current
scientific consensus. The IEEE-SA has a portfolio of more
than 870 completed standards and more than 400 standards
in development. For information on IEEE-SA see: http://standards.ieee.org/.
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countries. Through its members, the organization is a leading
authority on areas ranging from aerospace, computers and
telecommunications to biomedicine, electric power and consumer
electronics. The IEEE produces nearly 30 percent of the
world's literature in the electrical and electronics engineering,
computing and control technology fields. This nonprofit
organization also sponsors or cosponsors more than 300
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