Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Nov 2009 23:05 UTC
Linux As we all know, Mac OS X has support for what is called 'fat binaries'. These are binaries that can carry code for for instance multiple architectures - in the case of the Mac, PowerPC and x86. Ryan Gordon was working on an implementation of fat binaries for Linux - but due to the conduct of the Linux maintainers, Gordon has halted the effort.
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Ed W. Cogburn
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Besides that, Ryan Gordon clearly stated that there's another reason for him to leave: patent issues

Thank you.

Its sad we had to get 2/3 of the way through this discussion before the *real* problem was finally mentioned. This is why Ryan withdrew his proposal, and he specifically mentioned the 'patent' problem in his withdrawal post as the thing he didn't have an answer for (and nor does anyone else for that matter).

In fact, what really struck me as odd (if not disingenuous), was the contrast between what Ryan said in that last post on lkml, and what he said later (and how others interpretated what was said), but heck, its not like Linux haters have ever needed much of an excuse to go off on a rant anyway...

The article's writeup was unfortunately (but not surprisingly) a little one-sided.

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