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Re: Fedora with Universal Binaries?



King InuYasha wrote:

On Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 12:57 PM, Kevin Kofler <kevin kofler chello at <mailto:kevin kofler chello at>> wrote:

    King InuYasha wrote:
    > I just saw this article about an effort to create Universal
    binary style
    > ELF binaries for Linux, and I thought that this would be
    something to
    > watch, so that Fedora could integrate both x86-32 and x86-64
    into single
    > DVD sets.
    >
    > http://icculus.org/fatelf/

    Yuck!!! Please don't infect GNU/Linux with this completely
    braindead crap!
    This wastes a lot of disk space and download bandwidth and
    probably also
    increases loading times for NO reason whatsoever. It also doubles
    the build
    times for any and all software. Just figure out what arch your
    machine is
    and install the correct package for your arch! Fat binaries are a
    method to
    make crappy binary-only software distribution easier, they have no
    room on a
    Free Software system. Let the Mac folks keep their fat crap and
    leave our
    binaries as native for the appropriate arch!

           Kevin Kofler

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I dunno, it could be useful for Live CDs/USBs. It would let you pack multiple arches onto a single LiveCD/USB.

Yeah, but they'd be larger, forcing removal of software from the images.
You sound like one of those crazy people that disregard everything that may slightly help proprietary software. It's probably possible to strip out arches when they become unneeded, if so desired. I know it is possible under Mac OS X to do that. If you had a system that had extra arches you didn't need, you probably could just go and strip them out to save disk space.

So. . .then why do it?  There are practical considerations here.
There isn't much proof to your statement about loading fat binaries. I don't notice a slow down in load times of Universal binaries on my Mac, but I do notice the disk space. As it is, Snow Leopard now uses Universal binaries to pack x86_32 and x86_64 into a single application container and can strip out PowerPC binary code.

Don't knock it till you try it...
Strip out where?  Build time, install time, or run time?

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