Debian GNU/Linux switches to eglibc

by qbguy (no login)

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glibc
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EGLIBC

The EGLIBC is a variant of the GLIBC which stays source and binary compatible with the original GLIBC.

EGLIBC is source and binary compatible with the original GLIBC, and the package names will remain the same (except the source packages). Not all of the above features are yet taken advantage of, but the upload of the package is a first step.

Glibc's maintainer, Ulrich Drepper, has had a contentious relationship with Debian's project leadership; in 2007 the Debian Project Leader sent an email criticizing Drepper for refusing to fix a bug on glibc on the ARM architecture because in Drepper's words it was 'for the sole benefit of this embedded crap.'"

See also:
http://sourceware.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=5531
http://sourceware.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=4980
http://sourceware.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=4403
http://sourceware.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=5070

Ubuntu, which is based on Debian, will most likely incorporate the change in the next release -- Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala", which will have a pre-release on May 14th, 2009 and a release in October.

Posted on May 6, 2009, 2:52 PM

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