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Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu This could potentially be quite big for Ubuntu and Linux in general. Canonical and the Chinese government have announced a collaboration to build a version of Ubuntu specifically for the Chinese market, which will become the reference architecture for standard operating systems in the country.
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by moondevil on Sat 23rd Mar 2013 06:31 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Re:"
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And just to make the ABI thing clear, the Linux kernel DOES NOT BREAKS THE PROGRAM ABI/API. It has been solid for over two decades. You can trow in a binary game from about the year 2000 like Unreal Tournament and it will happily run.


This is not true.

If you would be talking about commercial UNIX I would believe you, given how they keep backwards compatibility, but not when talking about Linux distributions.

Unless the application is statically linked, there is a high probability that the required dynamic libraries are no longer the same.

Additionally, around 2000 there were was the egcs/gcc war, so there is a high probability that an application around those days was compiled with egcs instead of gcc, which increases the probability of not executing nowadays.

And of course we also have the issue that not all distributions respect the LSB, specially around 2000, so the probability of an application not finding certain paths is high.

This is all motivated with the excuse that you can always compile from source and commercial closed software is not welcome anyway.

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