November 2, 2009

One FatELF Binary To Run Them All

Article Source InformationWeek's Open Source Weblog
November 2, 2009, 9:55 am

Even Linux's advocates are unthrilled at one of its sticking points: binaries built for one breed of Linux don't always run on another. And since unifying Linux into a common distribution is about as likely as herding a circus ring full of cats into a clown car, people who want to distribute prebuilt binaries for Linux have few choices. Here's a new choice: FatELF, or universal binaries for Linux.

The idea's actually rather similar the universal binary concept as implemented on the Macintosh. There, a single file encapsulated executables for both the PowerPC and Intel versions of a given program--a way to transition Apple's audiences gracefully from the old architecture to the new one...

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