On Tuesday, several technology companies announced plans to create an open standards relational database of secure file signatures in an effort to provide safer computing for their customers.[…] « delivery models for the FSDB content are being developed and it is anticipated that an open-standard FSDB Web service will be made available through the Internet the first half of 2004. »
Interesting idea, since Microsoft warns Windows users everytime they install a software package that is not « signed » digitally. And as you may know, the signature requires approval from MS. Other platforms may also benefit from this if there is enough consensus amongst developers to adhere to this kind of practices in the future.