Re: Dropping a.out support

cloister bell (
Fri, 2 May 1997 09:28:09 -0800 (GMT-0800)

TK> Dropping a.out support would also go a long way towards
TK> establishing that Linux is NOT a serious operating system. It
TK> would also penalize those companies who first showed trust in
TK> Linux by making their commercial software available at a time
TK> when a.out was the only recognized format.

not to mention penalizing users who bought commercial a.out software.
there is no reason to expect that if linux drops a.out support in future
kernels, that vendors will have any motivation to provide free elf
upgrades to their a.out customers. i fully expect that users will just
have to buy elf versions. that in itself will keep a lot of people from
upgrading to newer kernels.