Wednesday, February 23, 2005

A Cross Platform

Cross-compiling (or CrossCompiling or x-compiling if you're trying to Google the freakin' thing) is neato. I've been trying to find a way to easily build apps for Windows from Linux, namely RMI dll's for Java. I finally tried buildling MinGW's binutils, GCC and Windows API's into a cross-compile toolchain for Linux. After fighting off lovely GCC_NO_EXECUTE configure errors and finding this fantastic build script I finally have a working build environment. I absolutely dig it - now I can build both X Windows and Win32 native code at the same time on the same platform. w00t!

I just got to thinking about that after IBM announced Chiphopper, it's end-to-end service and product line to port Linux apps to their z Series and p Series line. Methinks IBM realizes that OS/400 is well past its prime and is overdue for retirement. Considering DB2/400 was missing a lot of things MySQL even had (including performance), I don't think it will really be missed. DB2 on Linux, however, is a whole other ballgame.

Wow. I'm really wandering off-topic now.

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