[haiku] Re: PowerPC BeOS R5 binary compatibility?

  • From: François Revol <revol@xxxxxxx>
  • To: haiku@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 00:52:17 +0200

On 26/04/2015 00:31, Chris Hanson wrote:

Does Haiku maintain binary compatibility with BeOS R5 for PowerPC
CPUs, or just Intel CPUs?

Some cursory searches haven’t provided a direct answer. I’m mostly
interested because it would also mean it should be possible to
cross-compile… (Compiling anything on a 66 MHz BeBox feels pretty
slow these days.)

No, BeOS on PPC didn't even use the ELF format.
Although it's theoretically possible to have Haiku ported to the BeBox,
but that's done yet, and it won't run BeOS binaries.

FWIW there is a preliminary support for a BeBox target in a QEMU branch:
http://wiki.qemu.org/Features/BeBox

You might want to help on this to help the porting effort.

François.

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