Subject: Do we have anyone from core on this team I don't recognize any names.
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Date: 10/13/1997 11:01:10
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Article: 8673 of comp.os.linux.announce
From: (Evan Leibovitch)
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Subject: Unix-on-Intel players work on a common binary
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Date: Sat, 11 Oct 1997 17:25:58 GMT
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The 86open project
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A group which includes some of the key developers of Unix operating
systems on Intel architecture computers have agreed to work on a
common programming and binary interface.

At a meeting held mid-August at the head office of SCO, participants
achieved consensus on a way to create software applications which would
run, without modification or emulation, on the Intel-based versions of:

- - BSDI
- - FreeBSD
- - Linux
- - NetBSD
- - SCO OpenServer
- - Sunsoft SolarisX86
- - SCO UnixWare

The goal of this effort is to encourage software developers to port
to the Unix-Intel platform by reducing the effort needed to support
the diverse mix of operating systems of this kind currently available.

The specification, called "86open", will be published and freely
available to any environment wishing compliance. It involves the use of a
standardized 'libc' shared library of basic functions to be provided on
all systems. This library will provide a consistent interface to
programmers, hiding the differences between the various operating systems
and allowing the resulting binary programs to run unaltered on any
compliant system. Whenever possible, it will be consistent with The
Open Group's Single Unix Specification.

Each participating operating system will be free to implement the 86open
library specification on its own. However, the reference implementation
will be based upon GNU's 'glibc' version 2, ensuring that it will remain
open and freely available. The actual list and behavior of the 86open
functions is presently being determined.

Participants in the meeting, who will be involved with the ongoing
evolution of the 86open specification, include people deeply involved
with the operating systems mentioned in this project. The 86open
steering committee, a core of this group which will assemble
the work and produce the final specification, comprises:

Marc Ewing, Dion Johnson, Evan Leibovitch, Bruce Perens,
Andrew Roach, Bryan Sparks and Linus Torvalds

For more information, contact <>
or check

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  Evan Leibovitch, Sound Software Ltd, located in beautiful Brampton, Ontario
 Supporting PC-based Unix since 1985 / Caldera & SCO authorized /
When the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem comes to look like a nail

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