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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Fat binaries the least problem of Linux
by krom on Fri 6th Nov 2009 03:59 UTC
krom
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Fat binaries the least problem of Linux, how about the ABI compatibility and the shared libraries (different libraries versions with different patches on different distributions)?

On Linux, its too hard to make a binary (only one, for one architecture) that will work in many distributions.

Btw, whomever thinks about a fat Linux distribution is crazy, that is totally useless.

Only 3rd party developers would like to make fat binaries (I would do it for netpanzer on Linux, but needs support from compiler, Macs has it), the operating system only needs to provide support to the currently running architecture.

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