From: (Nicholas M. Stoughton)
Subject: Standards Update, POSIX.0: Guide to POSIX OSE
Date: 1995/04/12
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Submitted-by: (Nicholas M. Stoughton)

               USENIX Standards Report Editor

   Nicholas M. Stoughton <>, Report Editor


Kevin Lewis <> reports on the
January, 1995 meeting in Ft Lauderdale, FL.:

The best news a ballot coordinator can get is that the draft
standard he is working on has completed recirculation with
only 3 objections.  Such was the case with the second
recirculation for the POSIX.0 guide document.  When the
ballot closed December 19, a total of 6 ballots had been
submitted containing 69 comments and 3 objections.  Two of
the 6 ballots were ``NO'' votes.  One was converted, the
other remains a negative vote.  This brings the ballot
results on the guide to the following figures:
    81 eligible voters 56 affirmative votes 8 negative votes
    64 total votes        = 87% AFFIRMATIVE

The pathway to approval is now clear.  All comments and one
of the three objections will be reflected in the next draft
of the guide which will be draft 18.  This will be submitted
to the IEEE on February 3 for distribution to the IEEE
Review Committee (RevCom).  RevCom will meet on March 15 in
Piscataway, NJ for final review at which time a
recommendation to the IEEE Standards Board will be made.  I
anticipate no problems whatsoever in obtaining approval by
the Board.  I am told that once a draft is approved, it
takes approximately 6 months for it to be published.

The March board meeting is quite symbolic in this
development effort for it was exactly 7 years ago at the
March 1988 POSIX meeting that the working group had its
first meeting.  I've been writing as one of the original
snitches since that time.  I shudder to think how many times
I forecasted (and in error, I might add) when this work
would reach completion.

At the international level, draft 18 will be submitted to
the SC22 Secretariat for the last ISO ballot which will be
as a DTR (Draft Technical Report) within JTC1.

Now, as for the future, there are several directions that
the POSIX.0 working group could go.  Currently, POSIX.0 has
spawned the OSE (Open Systems Environment) User Profile
Study Group which is focusing on the development of a
methodology for identifying OSE user requirements.  In
addition to this, several people have shown interest in
starting work in the distributed systems area, commonly
referred to as ``middleware''.  Others have shown interest

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in examining how ODP and OSE should come together.  And
there are others who are interested in expanding the current
guide document further, specifically in the reference model
and services areas.  Right now, the aforementioned study
group is the only effort that has been organized.  The other
areas are waiting for a champion to come along.  Could that
be you?

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