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Re: [SLUG] wanted: 64bit support for IBCS/sco binaries
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- Subject: Re: [SLUG] wanted: 64bit support for IBCS/sco binaries
- From: Daniel Pittman <daniel@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 13 Jun 2008 20:07:04 +1000
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Dave Kempe <dave@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
> wondering if anyone has any pointers to people/companies/assembler
> gurus who can assist me in getting 64bit support for the linux-abi
> project? http://sourceforge.net/projects/linux-abi/
As a warning, 32-bit SCO binaries are *not* stable or reliable with the
current Linux-ABI work.
Not only did RedHat drop the patches from their kernel quite some time
ago due to stability issues, I can confirm from (my customers) practical
experience that there are -- at least -- SMP issues with the project.
> I have a few clients that would like to run sco binaries on 64-bit
> linux and may have some funding for such a project.
You are looking at a potentially sizable body of work, since you would
have to include getting the underlying system stable and functional
first -- at least for the parts you care about.
> Any comments on the difficult of running foreign binaries on 64-bit
> linux would be much appreciated - is this a totally crazy idea or just
> no one has bothered?
Almost no one bothers, but it isn't /that/ hard, really. Your biggest
issues are, as always, the proprietary libraries and their licenses,
which may make it illegal to run the software in this fashion.
Outside that it wasn't terribly difficult back when the iBCS code was
part of the kernel and I was called on to get some SCO binaries
running on Linux.
Now I miss WordPerfect all over again, too. It was /so/ much nicer than
the modern "improved" GUI junk. Where is show formatting codes when I
 It is usually, at best, like IE on Linux: not *explicitly*
forbidden by the license, but the intention is probably clear that
you are not supposed to use core parts of the OS on another
platform, and certainly not without paying license fees for it.
 back in the 2.0 days, when dinosaurs roamed the earth and SCO still
had market share.