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Distribution quotes of the week

Distribution quotes of the week

Posted Dec 17, 2012 16:00 UTC (Mon) by wookey (subscriber, #5501)
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Maybe I should start ranting about how those terrible RedHat/Fedora people are fragmenting the ecosystem by not adopting multiarch. That would clearly be constructive. :-)

Although I do worry that as things currently stand it looks like we are heading for another Debian/Fedora (and thus derivatives) split along this axis too, which won't make life any easier for 3rd-parties. I am hopeful that other distros will come to appreciate the cleanness of the multiarch mechanism for mixed-ABI libraries and binaries, but I guess we won't know for a few years yet how ubiquitous it will become.

Personally, the more I use it the more impressed I become. It's so nice being able to _remove_ big chunks of complexity in packages and packaging that used to work around its absence.

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Distribution quotes of the week

Posted Dec 17, 2012 21:22 UTC (Mon) by mathstuf (subscriber, #69389) [Link]

As a Fedora packager, I would wholeheartedly +1 a move from the current "biarch" setup to Debian's multiarch setup. I believe the ARM architecture is doing something similar to Debian here.

As for the Debian/Fedora split, there already was one since 64bit uses /usr/lib64 on Fedora and /usr/lib on Debian. So it's that they ever agreed 100% before anyways. (I do prefer /usr/lib64 and /usr/lib split for 64bit over Debian's previous "native == /usr/lib" setup which makes installing 32bit on a 64bit flavor easy, but multiarch is a better overall solution).

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