Re: Dropping a.out support

Peter Mutsaers (
02 May 1997 14:42:23 +0200

>> On Fri, 2 May 1997 14:18:06 +0200, Harald Koenig
>> <> said:

HK> On May 2, Peter Mutsaers wrote:
>> Would not any serious commercial vendor have a new ELF release of
>> there product, more than 2 years after it has been introduced?

HK> obviously not. and even if they would do so, you can't assume
HK> that every user will upgrade to their newest release (probably
HK> paying again $$$) just to get ELF binaries because Linux no
HK> longer supports a.out...

Then don't upgrade your Linux system either. Keep it as is for your
old apps.

It is the same with other Unix vendors too. Look at Sun: Solaris still
runs many SunOS binaries, but not all. Most vendors went through a
period of transition like this. After a couple of years, for the sake
of progress and efficiency, the old stuff must become obsolete. Users
that don't want to move on, then have to stick with their old system
and don't touch it.

Peter Mutsaers      Lucent Technologies, Network Systems      Huizen, the Netherlands