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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RE: too bad
by hufman on Fri 6th Nov 2009 00:39 UTC in reply to "too bad"
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During the Slashdot discussion of the announcement of the project, a point was brought up that this makes it easier for small programmers to distribute programs for multiple architectures.
The problem still arises, that the programmers must still compile their program for every architecture they want to release on.
The only improvement that a fat binary provides for a programmer is that their personal project website can list one raw package for their various programs, with a 3x bigger executable file sharing the same data, instead of releasing 3 separate packages with their own copy of the data. That's it.
Programmers still need to package their program for all of the different distributions, because fat binaries doesn't fix that at all. If a programmer wants to distribute a DEB and an RPM, they still need to create those manually. Fat binaries would only help for making one DEB and one RPM for all supported architectures, instead of one DEB and one RPM per architecture.

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