[CrackMonkey] them's fightin' words
dmarti at zgp.org
Tue Jun 5 10:55:20 PDT 2001
----- Forwarded message from Dave Green <tips at spesh.com> -----
Date: Fri, 01 Jun 2001 17:31:08 +0100
From: Dave Green <tips at spesh.com>
Subject: NTK now, 2001-06-01
To: ntknow at lists.ntk.net
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The best Free Software projects have two attributes in moderation:
complexity and competition. Oh, and comprehensibility. Oh, and
coolness. And compactness. Well, anyway, we think that the current
friendly tussle between UCLIBC and DIETLIBC is producing all these
wonders; both look great projects to mess around with. Here's the
plot: glibc is now about as bloated as can be, and really not usable
for bootdisks and embedded systems. What could be more fun than
reimplementing the 90% of it that's needed for most programs, and
super-optimizing it as much as you can? uClibc is the classic old
Linux project turned corporate-sponsored contender, pulling most
enthusiasts along in its wake. DIETLIBC is the new, slightly
idiosyncratic, Dan Bernstein-ish implementation, with some shiny
coolness (regexps, spirited pleadings not to port to Windows), and
some philosophical omissions (it's not a shared libe yet, although it
could easily be). Both are in a virtual spiral of development; both
have just reached the stage of being linkable to most programs, and
there's still fun to be had tweaking them further.
- big math
- pthreads! dns!
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