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SubjectRe: Driver optimization.
On Sun, 30 Jun 1996, Khan M. Klatt wrote:

> On Sun, 30 Jun 1996, Rogier Wolff wrote:
>
> > I was reading some NT sources (No, please don't shoot me :-), and
> > found something that Linux should've had for quite a while now.
>
> On a similar note, I was speaking to a friend who is fairly familiar with
> NT. He states that you can install NT 3.5/4.0 on computer A, a 586, and
> also on computer B, a DEC alpha, and also computer C, a PowerPC RS/6000.
>
> Then you can go to a store and buy Word or Office for NT, and install the
> same software on computer A and on computer B and on computer C.
>
> Now I must admit this sounded really unlikely; after all, what kind of
> binary format could be implemented to generate code that is acceptable to
> a DEC Alpha, a Pentium, and a PowerPC?

Highly unlikely.... But since DEC Alpha, x86 and PPC are three major
platforms for NT, I know that many programs ship on the same CD the three
versions, so what he said was basically true, but it's not the exact same
files.
What is true, though, is that NT rewrites parts of the programs on the
first run. I don't know exactly how nor to what extend, but I'm pretty
sure there's some rewriting.


Christophe Dupre Universite de Montreal
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