Re: Dropping a.out support

david parsons (o.r.c@p.e.l.l.p.o.r.t.l.a.n.d.o.r.u.s)
2 May 1997 11:34:43 -0700

In article <>,
Peter Mutsaers <> wrote:
>>> On Fri, 2 May 1997 13:39:34 +0200 (MET DST), Thomas Koenig
>>> <> said:
> 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.
>Would not any serious commercial vendor have a new ELF release of
>there product, more than 2 years after it has been introduced?

No; I'm still producing code in the a.out format because it's
faster than elf. (this is quantum chemistry modelling code;
the elf versions are substantially slower than the a.out
versions. For $20,000 a copy, it's not unreasonable to assume
that people want the fastest code they can buy.)

david parsons \bi/