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Solaris-to-Linux porting guide [developerWorks]

Oct 25, 2001 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

This article from IBM developerWorks takes a look at why you might want to port your application from Sun Solaris to Linux, and presents guidelines, suggestions, and resources to help. Included in the article is the authors' handy online tool that you can use to check the APIs used by your Solaris application for compatibility on Linux. Quoting from the introduction of the article . . .

“With the growing popularity of the Linux operating system, it's not surprising that many IT shops are examining what it might take to move their existing applications and development environments to Linux. Whether you are thinking about adding Linux as an alternate deployment platform for your code or about doing your primary development there, porting to Linux need not be difficult (particularly if your UNIX applications are written to common standards). Here, we provide a roadmap to guide those who are contemplating using Linux . . ..”

The article goes on to answer the question “Why move to Linux”, and then dives into a detailed analysis of the main issues that arise in porting applications from Solaris to Linux.

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