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: Always On the Cards
by sbenitezb on Fri 6th Nov 2009 01:30 UTC in reply to "Always On the Cards"
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Unless deployment, installation and configuration of software, and especially third-party software, gets way, way easier then desktop Linux in particular will go nowhere.

What's complicated about Linux deployment of binaries? Companies interested only have to provide RPMs and DEBs for RedHat and Ubuntu, and a statically compiled "catch all" version for the rest. Given that homogeneity is not the word that defines Linux, there are no solutions for a non existant problem. This is the way Linux works, like it or not.

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

It's a community, a free community where individuals share a common goal (one way or the other) and that goal is to have a free and working OS, the best possible. Where you have freedom, you have choice, and that leads people to offer different choices for different purposes: thats what makes Linux so great, that most companies can't get their head around.

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