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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This article is anything but fair
by i92guboj on Fri 6th Nov 2009 00:18 UTC
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2009-07-16

I've been following the whole FatELF story in the kernel mailing list and I haven't seen any rudeness, unless you consider rude when someone doesn't agree with your ideas.

One thing the author didn't post is a link to the conversation itself, so users here can actually read it themselves and see how "rude" it was. Please, read the whole thread, then you can come back.

http://lkml.org/lkml/2009/10/29/357

I might have skipped one mail or two, so maybe I missed something, but in general the discussion was as cordial as it could be.

I've followed it, and each point made by the author was rebated with a reasoning by the kernel developers. The opposite rarely happened, so I really wonder if he's really joking when he says people was not hearing him. To me it seemed the other way around, and I am not involved with the kernel developer in any way at all.

Even if I had not the scope to see the point of FatELF (which I think I have), I would still be inclined to think that there would be very little or no gain at all on including FatELF on the kernel. There are lots of ways to preserve old libs so ABI doesn't break, and I certainly don't want to install code for every imaginable architecture on my box.

Besides that, Ryan Gordon clearly stated that there's another reason for him to leave: patent issues he can resolve. That has not been mentioned, I think it's important to know the reasons why he's leaving before demonizing the linux developers.

Please, accept that variety of opinions is actually a good thing. You can always maintain the patch separately yourself. Lots of projects attached to the kernel in one or another way do so. There's no need to stop working on something you have put so much work if you truly think it can be useful.

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