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KernelTrap: Ensuring Binary Compatibility

Oct 15, 2004, 07:00 (1 Talkback[s])


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"Timothy Witham announced an OSDL special interest group, the Binary Testing SIG, for dicussing ways to ensure and verify that the Linux kernel provides forward binary compatibility. Timothy exaplins, 'this is a real problem for large end users deploying Linux in that they like to be able to run/roll forward the same version of an application for 5 or so years. They can do this with their legacy operating systems and we need to be able to do this with Linux.'

"Jeff Garzik noted that maintaining userland compatibility of the application binary interface (ABI) 'has always been a strongly held value in Linux...'"

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