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Re: porting troubles

On Wed, 4 Oct 2000, Sergio Brandano wrote:
>  Out of blue, why is that Linux now runs stable on six (6) different

Only 6? :-)

>  platforms but commercial software like Star, Corel, Adobe and IBM,
>  just to mention a few, are only available for ix86? Are there any
>  political or technical reasons for it?

There are several reasons:
  - Most people think Linux == ia32
  - Most people think Linux == Red Hat
  - The market share for non-ia32 Linux is too small to justify the work
  - Commercial software is not endian-clean or not signed/unsigned char-clean

And only the last one is technical...



Geert Uytterhoeven -- There's lots of Linux beyond ia32 -- geert@linux-m68k.org

In personal conversations with technical people, I call myself a hacker. But
when I'm talking to journalists I just say "programmer" or something like that.
							    -- Linus Torvalds

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