Linux Standard Base 3.1 is due to be unveiled soon, which will include explicit Linux desktop application support. Already approved by Linux leaders Red Hat and Novell, as well as many other important players, the first LSB 3.1-certified desktop distribution is expected to come from Xandros. The effect will be to standardise the Linux desktop, a move that should mean that application developers will find it much easier to target the complete Linux platform. A unified Linux desktop environment will remove a major hindrance to Linux desktop adoption, it is hoped.