SELF: Anatomy of an (alleged) failure
Posted Jun 24, 2010 7:35 UTC (Thu) by epa
In reply to: SELF: Anatomy of an (alleged) failure
Parent article: SELF: Anatomy of an (alleged) failure
The reason why Apple invented FAT binaries is because they were interested in maintaining extensive binary compatibility with their old systems. Linux has never had this policy.
Might this not change? Perhaps one reason Linux has never kept backwards compatibility as well as Apple (or Windows, or Solaris) is because we haven't had the infrastructure and tools to do so easily. A mechanism for fat binaries might be one piece of the puzzle.
Be careful not to fall into the classic trap of equating 'my favourite system cannot support X' with 'X is unworkable' or even 'X is morally the wrong thing to do'.
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