Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 29th Nov 2008 21:22 UTC
Linux Even though there are a lot of happy people using Apple's iPhone very happily, there's also a group of people who are not so happy, most likely because of Apple's rather strict policies regarding applications and developers. While most of these people would just jailbreak the thing, some take it a step further - by installing another operating system. Yes, Linux now runs on the iPhone (1st gen/2nd gen, and the 1st gen iPod Touch).
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RE[2]: Wha?
by CrLf on Sun 30th Nov 2008 15:02 UTC in reply to "RE: Wha?"
CrLf
Member since:
2006-01-03

No stable API. No stable ABI.


Linux does have a stable userspace API and ABI. You can still run statically linked binaries from ages ago in current systems. What it does not have is a stable *internal* API/ABI.

Maintaining a stable internal API/ABI for drivers would be a huge task for kernel developers, and it would prevent the kernel from evolving freely.

In the end, whatever people think could be gained from making it easy to have out-of-tree drivers would be negated by the kernel becoming increasingly bloated and cumbersome, and kernel developers loosing interest in contributing.

Do you think the people doing these kind of tasks for the proprietary OSes do it for fun?

It's funny how people complain that Windows is overburden with backward compatibility, but then want Linux to suffer from the same problems.

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RE[3]: Wha?
by Bending Unit on Sun 30th Nov 2008 16:43 in reply to "RE[2]: Wha?"
Bending Unit Member since:
2005-07-06

Yep, games and applications works really well after a couple of years.

Loki tried to bring real games to Linux.

They are all defunct today because of whatever technical reason.

Meanwhile the Windows, original versions plays quite well.

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RE[4]: Wha?
by sbergman27 on Sun 30th Nov 2008 18:20 in reply to "RE[3]: Wha?"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

Loki tried to bring real games to Linux. They are all defunct today because of whatever technical reason.

I'd make a more detailed comment, but just now I'm playing the 32 bit port of Rune that I bought from Loki Store back in 2001, on my Ubuntu 8.10 x86_64 quad core box running Intel's latest X4500 video chipset on the latest Xorg 7.4, with Linux kernel 2.6.27, and Glibc 2.8, and I've become rather absorbed in my game.

Some of those lizard monsters are really tricky to kill. You've gotta hit 'em in just the right place on the neck with the short sword.

C'ya! :-)

Edited 2008-11-30 18:22 UTC

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