Wheezy to introduce multiarch support
July 26th, 2011
During this year's annual Debian Conference DebConf11 made the introduction of
multiarch support a release goal for the coming Debian release 7
Wheezy to be released in 2013. Multiarch is a radical rethinking of the
filesystem hierarchy with respect to library and header paths, to make programs
and libraries of different hardware architectures easily installable in parallel
on the very same system.
Multiarch is a major enhancement to Debian's ability to deliver on the
promise of being a universal operating system explains Steve Langasek,
driving force of the implementation,
not only will it make crossbuilding
easier, but also enables better support for legacy 32-bit applications on new
64-bit installations and in the future will even allow live migrations from
32-bit to 64-bit systems.
People interested in the topic can watch the talk by Steve Langasek
in Debian: 6 months (or 6 years) on today at 16:00 CEST (14:00 UTC) by using
the DebConf web frontend.
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