I'm completely at a loss as to what to do about libc. It's too bad
the consequences weren't considered when the powers that be made the
decision to release ELF libc without first releasing a stable a.out
libc. Because of this lack of foresight on their part, we're really
in a pickle.
On the one hand, if we release Debian 0.93 with libc 4.6.27, we are
releasing a system with an exploitable and (now) well-known security
hole. On the other hand, if we release Debian 0.93 with libc 4.7.4,
we are releasing a system with a new and unreleased (!) library that
cannot compile Motif programs and that has seen little practical use.
What in the world should we do about this!?! Any ideas?
I do have good news: Richard Stallman told me last week that GNU libc
has just been ported to Linux. I suggest we start using that as soon
as we change to ELF.