Linked by Adam S on Wed 30th Apr 2003 07:26 UTC
Linux Lately, we've all read a lot of articles about desktop Linux - so many that it's getting hard to tell them apart. One says "Why Linux Sucks," the next "My Success With Linux." Even Michael Robertson of joined the fun with his "Why Desktop Linux Sucks, Today." But very few people have proposed anything radical, and I believe that's what's needed to take GNU/Linux to the next level.
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binary compatable, Hawkstone
by jbolden1517 on Wed 30th Apr 2003 02:34 UTC

"part of the OS", in which case the version had damn well better be stable over time (read: binary compatibility).

At the highest levels (i.e. the kernel guys) binary compatability is not seen as an important feature. The kernel isn't binary compatable over time, there is no way the desktop will be. Linux developers are in broad agreement that they are not willing to take the hits required to maintain long term binary compatability.

So your setup would require the distribution maker to release a particular build and then recompile an app a 1/2 dozen times for each environment and then distribute those binaries. Not undoable but expensive. They are never going to get the upsteam support for anything more than this.