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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The true problem is:
by l0ne on Fri 6th Nov 2009 23:34 UTC
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… doing cross-distro packages, or packages for multiple distros, is a pain in the arse. ESPECIALLY when the package is forced to have a dependency (say, Avahi's daemon).

It IS also desirable in a variety of use cases. Say, distributing software to unknown users regardless of their distro. Just like every other platform under the sun does. (The Mac demonstrates you can do this with flair regardless of the transitioning of an entire platform from one architecture to SIX -- ppc, ppc64, i386, x86_64, armv6, armv7, for both libraries -- all -- and applications for applicable subgroups of those architectures.)

A vocal part of the Linux community spits on those use cases. (See Autopackage's demise.)


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RE: The true problem is:
by MysterMask on Sat 7th Nov 2009 15:01 in reply to "The true problem is:"
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Totally agree. The Linux crowd cannot live and think outside their small and very restricted distro-/package-managment world. The way software is installed in the Linux world is so restrictive that they always depent on tools, distros or the source code. Why exactly is it not possible for granpa Jo to copy a application from his PPC64 desktop to granma's ARM netbook and run it (like copying any other file)? Obviously, the Linux way is too restriced to handle such a simple use case. Freedom for the user has a lot to do with user friendlyness and a clever system architecture that can handle simple everyday use cases. But, alas, with Linux you depend on a distro and package management software like a mobility impaired on a wheelchair ..

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