Open application binary interface

Zane C.B. v.velox at
Tue Apr 29 08:45:40 PDT 2008

On Mon, 28 Apr 2008 11:41:50 +0200
"Luca Cappelletti" <luca.cappelletti at> wrote:

> Hi,
> On Sun, Apr 27, 2008 at 10:47 AM, <dan_500 at> wrote:
> > This topic is may a bit OT: Why there is no open application
> > binary interface? I could use any binary on any operating system
> > which support this standard. In the moment I can't use my linux
> > executables on Solaris or FreeBSD and I can't use the Solaris
> > kernel for Ubuntu without using solaris packages from Nexenta
> > project.
> >
> >
> today your topic cannot be handled by freedesktop due to it's low
> level kernel closed requirements.
> A binary file format is too kernel specific so you'll find
> differences beetween kernels like linux,freebsd,mach,nt.
> There is an attempt in the bsd land to let you run a linux binary
> under a bsd kernel without modifications.
> In the same way you can resolve some windows binaries under a linux
> software distribuition like Debian using mime + an intermediate api
> map traduction like wine.
> In the same way you can use a java bytecode across platforms.
> Actually there is not standard in the terms you mean and I think
> there's no critical mass to let a community invest in that
> direction.FreeBSD and Solaris do something but it's to early to
> think in terms of "Universal Binary ;)"

Attempt? It has worked nicely for years now. Not that there is really
any need for it.

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