Re: compiling opencbm under Ubuntu

From: Marko Mäkelä (
Date: 2007-09-20 09:38:41

On Thu, Sep 20, 2007 at 09:11:58AM +0200, Gábor Lénárt wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 17, 2007 at 08:04:57PM -0500, Glenn Holmer wrote:
> > That got me a clean compile, but there was much more unpleasantness 
> > before I finally got it to run.  I see now why some people hate Linux 
> > (it was relatively straightforward under openSUSE).
> I don't think it's fault of Linux, compiling from source may cause problem
> for many people on Windows too in many cases.

The "fault" of GNU/Linux, if you like to call it that, is changing
software interfaces.  Microsoft has often managed to keep the ABI
(application binary interface) backward-compatible, so that you can
still run very old binaries.

Linux is not too bad either: for the fun of it, I was able to fire up
one of the first graphical web browsers (NCSA Mosaic, last updated
in 1994 or so) a couple of years ago.

While the user interfaces of the Linux kernel and the GNU libc have
remained pretty compatible, the Linux kernel interfaces do change
even between minor versions.  That is why it would be best to have
drivers inside the official Linux kernel tree.  However, that could
be hard nowadays for projects like OpenCBM, given that the kernel
development is dominated by commercial companies.


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