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Submission + - Universal Binaries for Linux (icculus.org)

GiMP writes: From the website, FatELF is a file format that embeds multiple ELF binaries for different architectures into one file. This is the Linux equivalent of what Mac OS X calls 'Universal Binaries.' FatELF lets you pack binaries into one file, seperated by OS ABI, OS ABI version, byte order and word size, and most importantly, CPU architecture. Work is focused on GNU/Linux, but this could be applied to most modern Unix systems: the BSDs, Solaris, etc. Distributions no longer need to have separate downloads for various platforms. Given enough disc space, there's no reason you couldn't have one DVD .iso that installs an x86-64, x86, PowerPC, SPARC, and MIPS system, doing the right thing at boot time. You can remove all the confusing text from your website about 'which installer is right for me?'

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