News today from the Linux world about a new Linux package format, developed by Canonical, that has surprisingly seen buy-in and collaboration from a host of different distributions.

For those unaware of the trials and tribulations of the Linux world, there are many individual distributions with seemingly arcane differences, which makes building applications for Linux a far from simple thing. Application vendors can’t simply “build for Linux” — they need to build to a huge variety of different distributions from initiatives such as Arch, CentOS, Debian, Elementary, Fedora, Gentoo, Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Mint, OpenSUSE, OpenWrt, RHEL, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Unity and Xubuntu.

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Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.