Re: Linux x86 binaries on PPC

Dan Burcaw (
Tue, 9 Mar 1999 22:00:43 -0700 (MST)

> its kind of already been done for macos, ala virtual PC, from the
> descriptions I've heard.. but we'd need something lower level, more
> integrated than virtual PC, so its almost like just another shared library,
> i guess, instead of another OS.. perhaps it is something that could be
> built into a desktop manager, then.. so it autodetects an intel binary and
> pumps it thru the layer..
> if what ive heard about Virtual PC is correct, then this project would be
> significantly less involved than the Wine project.
> ive no understanding of CORBA, but perhaps that would allow something..
> i've heard the GNOME paradigm (use CORBA) is somewhat revolutionary?

Speaking of which.. I'm looking forward to seeing how well SheepShaver
works. That's the fun thing about Linux.. all sorts of new technologies
have come out of free software.

> a possible long-term alternative to convincing companies to bundle multiple
> binaries might be something that was suggested to deal with the problems of
> redhat vs debian vs suse vs etc. on intel...; someone mentioned "shrouded
> source" being used in the past by IBM and co across different
> architectures. i guess thats like encrypted source filters in perl? only
> more secure. it builds the binaries upon installation, so the target
> platform has an optimal binary constructed from the same files as other
> platforms, but the co's retain their ever-so-precious source code as secret.

Of course this means more standards.. companies won't be shipping binaries
in rpm, deb, and tgz..

And.. they won't be making custom rpms for all the different distributions
which use rpm different..

> >
> >> Perhaps this could be a project like Wine (for those who don't know, it's
> >> an open source project that allows Windows binaries to run on Linux), or
> >> something undertaken by a commercial developer..?
> >
> >Wine runs only on x86 because it's not an emulator.
> >
> damn it :/ *throws solaris plans out window* *resolves to read more carefully*
> 90 degrees to Wine then.. instead of across operating systems on one
> architecture, the goal would be to run across architectures on one
> operating system.

Ya... WINE faces the problem of writing Windows APIs from scratch (correct
me if I am wrong).. and I believe only a small number of them are
documented. So WINE is definatly a uphill project.

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