Binary incompatibility of Linux distributions

John McCabe-Dansted gmatht at
Thu May 14 10:47:19 BST 2009

On Thu, May 14, 2009 at 9:35 AM, Cybe R. Wizard <cybe_r_wizard at
> wrote:

> On Wed, 13 May 2009 14:44:26 -0600
> "Karl F. Larsen" <klarsen1 at> wrote:
> >  Bill Gates and Microsoft jumped around and offered Windows 3.1 which
> > ran on top of DOS, and was pretty poor but cheaper and a lot of
> > people bought 3.1 including me. This was before Linux.

Sounder tends to get the tail end of a number of random discussions

For those subscribers of sounder who don't know what windows 3.1 has to the
with binary incompatibility of Linux distributions it may be useful to give
a link to the original discussion

Or not. After reading that I still don't see how the jump from market share
to desktops was made.

John C. McCabe-Dansted
PhD Student
University of Western Australia
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