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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Alex Forster
Member since:
2005-08-12

It's bad enough having to take into account all the different library versions and combinations we have already... and now we may end up having to add the C library--the most basic and what should most definitely be a relative constant--into that mix.


Compile statically, for one. A multi-megabyte binary isn't a big deal when the average consumer has a half a terabyte at their disposal. Choosing what to link with will make up about 1/1,000,000,000th of your total development time. This really won't cause Adobe to abandon their Photoshop port.

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wanderingk88 Member since:
2008-06-26

Many (most?) commercial apps usually are compiled statically anyways, so...

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bnolsen Member since:
2006-01-06

If you're using lgpl libraries compiling totally static can be a PITA. Also compiling opengl statically isn't possible because of the different backend blobs provided by nvidia & ati.

That's why I believe some baseline glibc symbol compatibility to be the most effective way to handle basic compatibility. "apbuild" allows you to do this.

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Vanders Member since:
2005-07-06

That's why I believe some baseline glibc symbol compatibility to be the most effective way to handle basic compatibility.


? Glibc already versions all of it's external symbols to achieve great forwards compatibility. The ABI hasn't been broken in a very, very long time.

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