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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The true problem is:
by l0ne on Fri 6th Nov 2009 23:34 UTC
l0ne
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2006-11-25

… doing cross-distro packages, or packages for multiple distros, is a pain in the arse. ESPECIALLY when the package is forced to have a dependency (say, Avahi's daemon).

It IS also desirable in a variety of use cases. Say, distributing software to unknown users regardless of their distro. Just like every other platform under the sun does. (The Mac demonstrates you can do this with flair regardless of the transitioning of an entire platform from one architecture to SIX -- ppc, ppc64, i386, x86_64, armv6, armv7, for both libraries -- all -- and applications for applicable subgroups of those architectures.)

A vocal part of the Linux community spits on those use cases. (See Autopackage's demise.)

Discuss.

Edited 2009-11-06 23:35 UTC

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