Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.announce
From: (Daniel Quinlan)
Subject: Interim Release of Linux FSSTND
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Followup-To: comp.os.linux.misc
Keywords: FSSTND, filesystem standard
Sender: (Matt Welsh)
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Date: Wed, 12 Oct 1994 13:49:42 GMT
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The second public release of the Linux FSSTND (short for "filesystem
standard") is now available for anonymous ftp.  See below for details
on retrieving the standard.

The developers of the FSSTND made the decision to issue an interim
version because a significant number of Linux developers are making
use of drafts developed after the version 1.0, which was released in
February.  With this interim release, we hope to ensure that everyone
is working from the same foundation.  I also personally believe that
this release, version 1.1, is a better work in most respects.

To avoid confusion with the type of filesystem found in the Linux
kernel, the filesystem standard should be thought of as a "file and
directory structure standard".  It defines a common arrangement of the
many files and directories (the filesystem) that different Linux
developers have agreed to use.

The FSSTND is currently being utilized by many different Linux
implementations, including: BOGUS, Debian, Linux/PRO, MCC, Red Hat,
Slackware, TAMU, and Yggdrasil.

Finally, the filesystem standard is *not* directed at end-users.
Instead, it is primarily intended to be used by those who develop
Linux distributions, packages, binary packages, documentation, etc.

The draft is available through anonymous ftp at, in
/pub/linux/docs/linux-standards/fsstnd -- in several different
formats: DVI, PostScript, Laser Jet 4, and ASCII text.  And before you
ask, it was formatted with GNU groff, using tbl and the mm macros.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to direct them
towards me ( or, if your prefer, any contributor
listed in the standard.  Also, please don't hesitate to compare and
contrast version 1.1 with the original 1.0 release.

Daniel Quinlan
FSSTND Coordinator

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