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Re: Fedora with Universal Binaries?



Pete Zaitcev writes:

On Thu, 22 Oct 2009 12:28:36 -0500, King InuYasha <ngompa13 gmail com> 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.

Sounds like a kludge to work around limitations of dpkg.

Not really. Something like this would allow you to have a single boot image for both 32 and 64 bit hosts.

32 bits will be here for a long, long time, of course, but its days are numbered, so I don't think it makes practical sense to invest the effort in implementing "FAT" ELF format. There might be some practical benefit if its scope was expanded to support arbitrary binary ABIs, i.e. a single ELF image containing x86_64 and sparc64, perhaps.

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