Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Nov 2009 23:05 UTC
Linux As we all know, Mac OS X has support for what is called 'fat binaries'. These are binaries that can carry code for for instance multiple architectures - in the case of the Mac, PowerPC and x86. Ryan Gordon was working on an implementation of fat binaries for Linux - but due to the conduct of the Linux maintainers, Gordon has halted the effort.
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Always On the Cards
by segedunum on Thu 5th Nov 2009 23:29 UTC
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I didn't really expect to be walking into the buzzsaw that I did.

I knew you would. This kind of resistance was always going to be the case, and it reminds me slightly of the demise of AutoPackage.

While package management in distributions is a good way of maintaining a Linux distribution itself, virtually all developers working on various Linux distribution components simply can't accept that their little baby concept is nowhere near being the panacea for wider software deployment and installation.

Unless deployment, installation and configuration of software, and especially third-party software, gets way, way easier then desktop Linux in particular will go nowhere. I can understand why somebody from Red Hat might rail against it as specific Red Hat packages for some prorietary software gives them a nice form of lock-in.

This is the sort of pack mentality amongst even developers, and not just rabid users, that hacks me off about the open source 'community'.

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