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From: Claudio Montanari <cmont...@mbox.vol.it>
Subject: What is iBCS?
Date: 1996/11/02
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Easy question: what is iBCS?


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From: Chris Tyler <CTy...@Oxford.net>
Subject: Re: What is iBCS?
Date: 1996/11/04
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Claudio Montanari wrote:
> 
> Easy question: what is iBCS?
> 
> Please send the mail to my personal mail-box also. Thank you very much!

A system which permits you to run Unix software conforming to the Intel
Binary Compatability Standard (iBCS) version 2. Many of the Intel Unixes
conform to or support (as an alternate mode) this standard, including
Interactive, SCO, and UnixWare.

In short, iBCS2 lets you run SCO software on Linux.

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From: ja...@purplet.demon.co.uk (Mike Jagdis)
Subject: Re: What is iBCS?
Date: 1996/11/08
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* In message <55lb00$...@nr1.toronto.istar.net>, Chris Tyler said:

CT> A system which permits you to run Unix software conforming
CT> to the Intel
CT> Binary Compatability Standard (iBCS) version 2. Many of the
CT> Intel Unixes
CT> conform to or support (as an alternate mode) this standard,
CT> including Interactive, SCO, and UnixWare.

Very few systems actually conform to iBCS2 or are usable in their iBCS2 
compile modes. The iBCS module for Linux doesn't attempt to implement iBCS2 
at all. Rather it implements the facilities, call tables and "magic numbers" 
used in the kernel implementations of a wide variety of other Unix products. 
The name iBCS is as bogus as BogoMips. I'd love to rename it but I'm damned 
if I can think of anything else even vaguely appropriate :-(.

                                Mike