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The 86open Project: Final Update

Jul 26, 1999, 06:53 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Evan Leibovitch)

"Dead effort or declaration of victory? You decide."

"On October 1997, a group informally calling itself the 86open project issued a communiqué, discussing the need for a standard binary executable for the various Unix and Unix derivatives which run on Intel 80X86 "PC"-architecture systems.

"The group, which had met earlier that year at the headquarters of SCO, eventually included representatives or developers involved with the most popular such operating system suppliers..."

"The aim of this effort was to encourage software developers to port to the Unix-Intel platform by reducing the effort needed to support the diverse mix of operating systems of this kind currently available."

"The group was making reasonable, if slow, progress into mid 1998. At that time, SCO was involved in the development of lxrun, software which ran Linux-format binaries under the two SCO operating systems..."

"The lxrun package is now stable and runs well. It was officially announced by SCO at LinuxWorld in March 1999, and was later ported by Sun to allow Linux binaries to run under SolarisX86.

"With these announcements, the need for a distinct common binary standard is gone."

"It is therefore only logical that the 86open project declare itself dissolved."

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