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glibc got forked

glibc got forked

Posted Jun 27, 2013 10:52 UTC (Thu) by rsidd (subscriber, #2582)
In reply to: glibc got forked by Wol
Parent article: Richard Stallman becomes a Hall-of-Famer

Well, opinions seem to vary on why glibc was originally forked by the linux developers, but it's ancient history now and doesn't matter. What seems to be the case is that glibc continued to be developed (largely by the much-maligned Ulrich Drepper) and got some very desirable features (here is a list), and the Linux devs at some point decided it is better to drop libc5 (as linux-libc was called) and switch to glibc 2.0. Red Hat was the first, followed by Debian.


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glibc got forked

Posted Jun 27, 2013 11:29 UTC (Thu) by cesarb (subscriber, #6266) [Link]

> opinions seem to vary on why glibc was originally forked by the linux developers

The page you just linked to mentions a reason:

> The GNU project had had a C library (hereafter called glibc), from which libc 4 and 5 had been derived. Although work on glibc had been halted for a long time, programmers on the Internet decided to resume work, and glibc 2.0 showed definite advantages over libc 5.

glibc got forked

Posted Jun 27, 2013 11:38 UTC (Thu) by rsidd (subscriber, #2582) [Link]

There are other opinions elsewhere.


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