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Re: Linux Binary Compatibility

From: Jeff Bailey
Subject: Re: Linux Binary Compatibility
Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2001 19:24:58 -0700
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On Sat, Apr 28, 2001 at 03:49:00AM +0200, Farid Hajji wrote:

> CAVEAT: Theoretic discussion ahead! Comments welcome.

> We _could_ use this Lites approach as well in the Hurd, to provide
> binary compatibility to, say, Linux-Binaries.

My only questions is: Why would we want binary compatability?  Every
OS/app that I can think of that used this as a selling feature (OS/2,
Wine, Win95 for Win 3.1 apps) failed miserably at the emulation
(unforseen gotchas!), and tended to fail to attract the attention of
the end users.

I would prefer to see us focus on the process of building an awesome
OS, and have our *own* major selling points draw people to us.

Jeff Bailey

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