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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by deathshadow on Sat 7th Nov 2009 22:27 UTC
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... that he got as far as he did with it! The mere NOTION of binary compatibility is an anathema to what the majority of your free****ots are always ranting and raving about.

It's WHY hardware vendors have been slow to support linux, it's WHY things like APM still don't work right in the 2.6 kernel... It's why your real die hard zealots use Gentoo.

The only thing surprising me was that Ryan didn't see the shitstorm coming... Hell, doesn't anyone else remember the shitstorm the concept of ELF itself had at the start? Or how many of your more radical free***'s still get their panties in a twist every time you mention ndiswrapper?

The negative response he encountered mirrors most every experience REAL software developers encounter trying to do things in linsux in the first place, which is why the number of viable commercial Linux endeavors can be counted on one hand.

... and FSF zealots: Commercial is NOT a dirty word. Go back to ranting and raving about how the man is keeping you down, how everything is the fault of the evil corporations, and protesting the idea of a unified world government.

Edited 2009-11-07 22:35 UTC

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