Free Standards Group

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The Free Standards Group was an industry non-profit consortium chartered to primarily specify and drive the adoption of open source standards. It was founded in 1998.[1]

All standards developed by the Free Standards Group (FSG) were released under open terms (the GNU Free Documentation License with no cover texts or invariant sections) and test suites, sample implementations and other software were released as free software.

On January 22, 2007, the Free Standards Group and the OSDL merged to form The Linux Foundation, narrowing their respective focuses to that of promoting Linux in competition with Microsoft Windows.[2]

Work groups[edit]

FSG responsibility for the following work groups has now transferred to The Linux Foundation:

Corporate members[edit]

Not-for-profit members[edit]

The Free Standards Group also had individual memberships; the board of directors was elected annually by all of the membership.


  1. ^ "The Imperative for Linux Standards: A Recommendation for the Future, A White Paper Prepared by the Free Standards Group" (PDF). 2005-08-01. Archived from the original (PDF, 587k) on 2006-09-24. Retrieved 2016-12-07. The Free Standards Group was formed in 1998 to promote open source software through standards.
  2. ^ "New Linux Foundation Launches – Merger of Open Source Development Labs and Free Standards Group" (Press release). The Linux Foundation. 2007-01-22. Archived from the original on 2008-04-08. Retrieved 2007-01-22. Computing is entering a world dominated by two platforms: Linux and Windows.