[Vm-dev] Squeak removed from Gentoo Linux

David T. Lewis lewis at mail.msen.com
Fri May 28 00:58:23 UTC 2010

On Thu, May 27, 2010 at 02:02:51PM -0700, Andreas Raab wrote:
> On 5/27/2010 1:56 PM, Josh Gargus wrote:
> >
> >I loves me my bit-identical computation, but statically linking to the 
> >same version of the library doesn't necessarily give it.  For example, a 
> >video decoder may check hardware capabilities, and depending on what it 
> >finds decode the video on the GPU, using SSE, or just using the non-vector 
> >CPU instructions.
> >
> >There are some examples where we would make the case that the library 
> >needs to be statically linked in order to provide bit-identical 
> >computation(eg: fdlibm for Croquet math operations), but for things like 
> >JPEG I think that the argument is pretty weak.
> Agreed.

The concern raised by the Gentoo folks is entirely legitimate. John
explained the historical reason for this, but the bottom line is that
Gentoo is right and we should do something about it.

This is on Mantis as http://bugs.squeak.org/view.php?id=7539


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