Certification Program FAQs
Here is some
information about the operation and benefit of the program. Some
technical information about POSIX can be found by clicking here
What is this POSIX(R) Certification Program?
The POSIX Certification program is a voluntary program jointly
administered by the IEEE and The Open Group, open to any product
meeting the conformance requirements.
is a formal process built around the POSIX(R) Certification Policy
document, the POSIX Certification Agreement and for suppliers
licensing the POSIX trademark, the POSIX Trademark License Agreement.
Why is this happening?
Certification program provides formal recognition of a product's
conformance to the latest revisions of the IEEE POSIX standards:
will be able to make and substantiate clear claims of conformance
to a POSIX standard
be able to specify and successfully procure conforming products
It is expected
that procurement agencies requiring POSIX conformance will utilize
this certification program.
Why is this a joint venture between The IEEE and The Open Group?
builds on the work done by the Austin Group for joint development
of IEEE Std 1003.1(TM)-2001, Standard for Information Technology
-- Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX) sponsored by the
Portable Applications Standards Committee (PASC) of the IEEE Computer
Society, The Open Group, and ISO/JTC1/SC22 WG15.
The Open Group
and the IEEE-SA are well-suited organizations to join in the development
of a POSIX Certification Program because designing, building and
operating certification programs based on consensus standards
is a core competency. The Open Group builds and operates market-attractive
programs and stand alone as the only consortium to operate commercially
viable certification programs as a fundamental service. With over
15 years of experience, The Open Group has developed and operated
IT certification programs in several strategic areas, including
UNIX(R) , CORBA(R) , LDAP, WAP(R) and LSB(R) . IEEE-SA is one
of the world's leading standards development organizations and
has experience as a certification authority and registration authority.
What is the scope of certification?
is available for products implementing the 2003 Edition of IEEE
Std 1003.1, and those implementing the POSIX PSE54 Realtime Profile
in IEEE Std 1003.13-2003.
What are the advantages of Certification?
POSIX(R) certification is expected to be widely accepted by government
and other major procurers of IT @ T devices. To compete with the
other suppliers whose products are certified you may wish to consult
your intended customers to ascertain their needs. Given the low
cost of certification after you have built a product that meets
the specifications and passes the tests, we believe the return
on investment is substantial.
How does it compare to the other certification programs?
certification program complements other certification programs
such as LSB certification, COE Platform certification and the
UNIX certification program, all of which draw on conformance to
the POSIX standards at their core.
How will the program operate?
program is based on a supplier's claim of conformance, with testing
providing an indicator of compliance. Suppliers typically will
use test suites to establish confidence that their product conforms,
and to achieve certification, the supplier must also provide a
warranty of conformance, indicating that their product is conformant.
Why a supplier warranty?
ensures that: (a) Products conform to an industry standard specification
(b) Products remain conformant throughout the life of the product
and (c) If there is a non-conformance, the product will be fixed
in a timely manner.
How do suppliers make a warranty?
can either be made as part of the Certification Agreement which
suppliers must agree to when they submit a product for certification
, or by licensing the POSIX trademark for use in connection with
What are the differences between a warranty as part of the
Certification Agreement versus licensing the POSIX trademark?
where the supplier does not license the POSIX trademark, the supplier
will only be able to make the following statement : "the
Product is is certified to the (Insert Product Standard Name)
and is listed on the certification register at (insert URL)".
where the supplier has additionally licensed the POSIX trademark,
the supplier will be able to use the POSIX trademark in connection
with the certified product according to the terms of the POSIX
trademark license agreement. The register of certified products
will also denote that the supplier has licensed the trademark.
Are there test suites for use with the program?
Yes, The Open
Group is providing test suites for the program. For testing IEEE
Std 1003.1 these include a test suite for the system interfaces
(VSX-PCTS2003) and a test suite for the shell and utilities (VSC-PCTS2003).
Similarly for IEEE Std 1003.13 PSE54 two test suites are available,
VSPSE54-2003 for the system interfaces, and VSC-PCTS2003 for the
shell and utilities.
Is there be a license fee for the test suites?
For IEEE Std
1003.1 the approved certification test suites are made freely
available to suppliers entering the program. This is made possible
since The Open Group is able to utilize components of existing
test suites it has developed for other certification programs.
The test suite for IEEE Std 1003.13 PSE54 is available for commercial
license from The Open Group.