Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th May 2009 17:41 UTC, submitted by diegocg
Debian and its clones Via LWN, we found a blog post of a Debian maintainer which announces a new package: EGLIBC, a compatible reimplementation of the GNU glibc which "which will soon replace the GNU C Library". Apparently the primary reason is the sadly famous bad maintainership aptitude of Ulrich Drepper, the main libc maintainer.
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Debian
by vivainio on Wed 6th May 2009 18:14 UTC
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2008-12-26

It seems surprising that something as conservative as Debian is doing a radical decision like this; it's something I'd have expected from Fedora first.

Still, an interesting development. I wonder whether going with BSD libc would have made sense as well - sharing the effort in central code like this would have been interesting twist of events.

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RE: Debian
by silix on Wed 6th May 2009 18:31 in reply to "Debian"
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2006-03-01

I wonder whether going with BSD libc would have made sense as well - sharing the effort in central code like this would have been interesting twist of events.
me too
BSD code is for everyone to use and redistribute to their heart's content - including GPL supporters (and reuse of bsd derived code in GPL projects happened quite a lot in early times afaik)

otoh, eglibc's authors clearly mention E-mbedded systems as their target, and "GLIBC's developers' requirements" as motive for creating a specific library ...

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eglibc and fedora
by JoeBuck on Wed 6th May 2009 19:04 in reply to "Debian"
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2006-01-11

Drepper works for Red Hat (though he's so strong-willed that Red Hat has little control over him). This would present a problem for Fedora choosing to go around him.

If Drepper were merely an ass, the solution would be simple: go around him. The problem is that he's a brilliant developer, and glibc is of very high quality thanks to him. Unfortunately, he is extremely stubborn and never admits error.

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RE: eglibc and fedora
by qu1j0t3 on Thu 7th May 2009 01:38 in reply to "eglibc and fedora"
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2009-05-07

Herr Drepper will eventually find that brilliance is not a substitute for basic civility.

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