>>>>> "Ralf" == Systemkennung Linux <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
Ralf> That's all - now ELF binaries thatshould run. I anyway strongly
Ralf> recommend to install at least the most important ELF shared
Ralf> libraries. a.out is dead by now. Since a year or so noone did
Ralf> real development on the a.out libs and tools. Linux packages
Ralf> like Slackware 3.0 are ELF, Debian is just changing to ELF,
Ralf> Redhat 2.0 is ELF and so on. Virtually just everyone is going
Ralf> to ELF. An increasing number of software packages (Postgres95
Ralf> eg.) can't even be built for a.out.
I want to add that just browsing at www.netbsd.org, I saw that, the
incoming NetBSD 1.1 runs on DEC 3000, 3100, 5000/200, 5000/2x, 5000
Personal - and some more - but they admit that a.out (they use big
endian kind) isn't well suited for MIPS processor (they give a little
explanation, I can't remember which), ... and they will switch to ELF,
in fact all the NetBSD ports are planned for ELF-switching - that's
what I have understood.