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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So what is left? What is the big advantage of the shared library system?

- Reduces memory use

- Bugfixes. If a security vulnerability is fixed in a library, every app benefits without having to be updated.

- Yes, drive space. Many mobile devices still have root filesystem on small fast flash drive.

If you want to defend 70's tech then go ahead, but I'm sick of this attitude by Linux advocates who believe that people who criticize Unix/Linux are stupid.

Not really stupid - rather, it's about a knee jerk reaction when leaving their comfort zone. They mostly have experience with click-and-run installers, and want the same on Linux too. And these days, we have many click-and-run installers for Linux available. There is nothing in Linux that prevents you from making them (or makes it exceedingly hard, either).

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