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Da haben sich tatsächlich die kommerziellen und freien Unix-Entwickler
an einen Tisch gesetzt, um einen gemeinsamen  Unix-Intel-Binary-Standard
zu definieren:

http://www.telly.org/86open/

-- 
   _  | Peter J. Holzer             | Die Server-Ports sind komische
|_|_) | Sysadmin WSR                | gelbe Kästchen, die Dämonen fahren
| |   | hjp@wsr.ac.at               | in gelben Autos über Stadt und
Land
__/   | http://wsrx.wsr.ac.at/~hjp/ | -- Ralf Döblitz <Doeblitz@gmx.de>
                             The 86open Project

                Unix-on-Intel players work on a common binary

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            NEW! The 86open FAQ (frequently-asked questions) file

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The communiqué below which was publicly released on October 10, 1997, was
the first public announcement by 86open. Please keep watching for more
details.

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A group which includes some of the key developers of Unix operating systems
on Intel architecture computers have agreed to work on a common programming
and binary interface.

At a meeting held mid-August at the head office of SCO, participants
achieved consensus on a way to create software applications which would run,
without modification or emulation, on the Intel-based versions of:

   * BSDI
   * FreeBSD
   * Linux
   * NetBSD
   * SCO OpenServer
   * Sunsoft Solaris X86
   * SCO UnixWare

The goal of this effort is to encourage software developers to port to the
Unix-Intel platform by reducing the effort needed to support the diverse mix
of operating systems of this kind currently available.

The specification, called "86open", will be published and freely available
to any environment wishing compliance. It involves the use of a standardized
libc shared library of basic functions to be provided on all systems. This
library will provide a consistent interface to programmers, hiding the
differences between the various operating systems and allowing the resulting
binary programs to run unaltered on any compliant system. Whenever possible,
it will be consistent with The Open Group's Single Unix Specification.

Each participating operating system will be free to implement the 86open
library specification on its own. However, the reference implementation will
be based upon GNU's glibc version 2, ensuring that it will remain open and
freely available. The actual list and behavior of the 86open functions is
presently being determined.

Participants in the meeting, who will be involved with the ongoing evolution
of the 86open specification, include people deeply involved with the
operating systems mentioned in this project. The 86open steering committee,
a core of this group which will assemble the work and produce the final
specification, comprises:

Marc Ewing, Dion Johnson, Evan Leibovitch, Bruce Perens, Andrew Roach, Bryan
Sparks and Linus Torvalds

For more information, contact 86open@telly.org.

Last updated November 5, 1997. Copyright © 1997 by Evan Leibovitch

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