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Ok, I'm as newbie as they come - I don't yet have any form of Linux. I just ordered a machine with an AMD 64 3000 CPU, and two 80 Gig SATA hard drives. I program on Windows machines for a living, so I have a free version of Windows XP, which I will install on one hard drive, so my kids can play their games and stuff.
I want to install Linux on the other hard drive, and use it as my primary operating system. It will be the operating system that gets to see the big, bad world (wide web), and I would like my kids to learn to use it.
Now for my question. Which Linux distributions support the AMD 64 chips? I know Suse does, and that Sun's desktop environment is based on it. I also know there is something called Linux 64, but other than that I'm kind of drowning in google hits. What else is out there? (I am reasonably computer literate, but I still would like a relatively easy install.)
hey amd64, I'll be glad to share stories with you.
My computer is still in the works. I ordered it from Monarch Computing, and it won't be shipped for a few days yet, so I have no lessons to share, yet.
I think I have settled on Suse 9.1 Pro, or later. I want something easy to install, and from what I've read here, and elsewhere, it sounds like my best bet for an operating system that U can install easily. (If I struggle too much setting it up, I'll never get the wife and minions to migrate from Windows. Until proven otherwise, my wife will just assume Windows is easier, even though she could never install it, either.) I can afford to pay for one reasonably priced operating system, but I can't download the operating system until after I have it, so I'll buy it. (Work rules prevent big downloads like that, and by the time I can get broadband at home, I'll have my new computer.) XP Pro is roughlytwice the cost of Suse Pro, so the fact that I have a free (and legal!) copy of it is rather handy.
I still haven't quite figured out which operating system to install first. I was thinking of installing Suse on the "first" hard drive, and Windows XP Pro on the "second". One question is do a format both as FAT32 or the windows drive as ntfs. I am leaning towards both as FAT32, so that I can ghost the Windows install to the Suse disk, and the Suse install to the Windows disk. Then I will set up my users in each operating system, and set up Linux to run off my modem and make sure that works. My last step will be to load the software I (and the kids) need onto the Windows disk. Then I will let the kids play on the Linux side to get used to it, while figure out what I want to do with broadband. Finally, I will get more RAM (upgrade from 512 to 1 Gig, which must await paying off the computer) so that Windows will actually run worth a damn.
rntm, when number crunching there is a difference between software that is optimized for 64 bit processing, and one that is merely compiled for a 64 bit processor. I doubt anyone has really done the former however, and I don't know how much difference such optimization would make with the operating system.