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[6]: Always On the Cards
by segedunum on Fri 6th Nov 2009 13:23 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Always On the Cards"
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Because that's a crap hodge-podge 'solution' for the fact that Linux distributions have no way to handle the installation of third-party software. There's no standardised way for any distribution to acually handle that or know what's installed, which is extremely essential when you are dealing with third-party software. Conflicts can and do happen and the fact that anyone is having to do this is so amateurish it isn't believable.

It doesn't handle ABI versions, doesn't handle slightly different architectures like i686 that could handle the binaries..... It's such a stupid thing to suggest ISVs do it's just not funny.

It's the sort of 'solution' that makes the majority of ISVs think that packaging for Linux distributions is just like the wild west. Telling those ISVs that they are silly and wrong is also stupid and amateurish in the extreme but still people believe they are going to change things by saying it.

Edited 2009-11-06 13:39 UTC

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