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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by Ophidian on Fri 6th Nov 2009 05:20 UTC
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I am in agreement with the "solution in search of a problem" crowd. The only benefit I can see for linux users is so that closed source software is easier to have compiled for differing architectures. Just have the compiler do it standard. The problem with this is that closed source software represents the minority of what is ran on a linux box.

For all the open source software options, your platform of choice is just a recompile away. Package management is quite well done these days for those distributions that want it.

Don't get me wrong, I applaud this gentleman's effort. I just fail to see this as a real benefit to the linux community

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