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As a gentoo fan, id say Gentoo.... but to be honest, ive never used an AMD64....
however, if you are asking "whats the best Linux distro that supports AMD64"... well.. Gentoo suupports AMD64 and in my opinion,, ROCKS.. not a newbie friendly distro... but very powerfull.
I also just ordered an amd64, I am also a gentoo user, switched from slack when slack f-cked up version 10 (my opinion). Gentoo is defenately worth any learning curve. Also I have reviewed the gentoo amd64 docs and notes, it looks like it is still being worked on a bit and not perfect, but the more we use it the more they will perfect it. I recommend gentoo, any other distro (madrake might be acception I am hearing) will only have 32bit packages leaving you with unused power/potential, though I am sure ina year or 2 64bit distro's will be more common.
a lot of distros now support the AMD64 and run in 64bit mode not just the 32bit mode the last poster sujested.
if you are new to linux, then check out suse or fc or mdk (i personally have a thing against mdk) as they all support the 64 as do debian, gentoo, slack, etc.
pick what you want, just make sure to get the proper ISO so you do not have to recompile a custom kernel, that is not easy and ive been beating my head against the wall trying to get the 2.6.8-10 kernel to compile for debian-sarge and after about 60hrs i gave up on it until i can get to my LUGs install fest and get some help.
Actually, the latest version of Novell SUSE Linux Professional 9.2 comes with both 32bit and 64bit. The x86 (32bit) is on the 5 CDs while the amd64 is on the DVDs (2)... If you are a student, you can get it for real cheap (I think it's about $50 or something close to that) while a regular price for it is about $90.00.
Actually, the latest version of Novell SUSE Linux Professional 9.2 comes with both 32bit and 64bit. The x86 (32bit) is on the 5 CDs while the amd64 is on the DVDs (2)... If you are a student, you can get it for real cheap (I think it's about $50 or something close to that) while a regular price for it is about $90.00
The update version is $50, whether or not you are a student, and you don't actually HAVE to have a previous version of SUSE to use it (although I don't know if they have an update version with 9.2). Also, the 32 bit is on the 5 CDs and 1 side of the Dual sided DVD (the 32 bit DVD is identical to the 5 CDs) and the amd64 is only on one side of the dvd.
You could run Red Hat Enterprise Linux
CentOS is very good. I would advise against Lineox as they charge for updates. (I still don't get this, can't someone just repackage the updates since they are GPL). Also, I heard Whitebox is a bit slow for their updates. CentOS has all the iron of RHEL AS3.0, it supports up to 16 processors and 64 GB of Ram (I doubt you'll be scaling that high anytime soon :-P). Anyways, just my recommendation.
edit: CentOS and RHEL AS3.0 are identical btw. CentOS is Red Hat EL with all the trademarks and non-free software stripped out....but it is neither the trademarks nor the non-free software that make RHEL as powerful as it is.
Last edited by linux-rulz; 12-24-2004 at 04:11 AM.
Whitebox is RHE without the fee. the updates happen within less then a day of the RHE updates so far as i can tell.
i have been running a whitebox server for about 6 months now with zero problems other then the imapd not wanting to work 100% of the time. this month i had to creat a cron job (with the help of someone who knows way more about linux then i do) to restart the imapd every 2hrs. this has cut down on 90% of my service calls on that server. the httpd has never failed on me in 6 months.
granted i am not running a 64bit chip, but it should be just as stable one would hope.
if RHE has it, then Whitebox has it in kind. i do not know if either do, just commenting on the compairisons between RHE and Whitebox. whitebox is a fork without the trademarks of the RH line, but other then that the code is identical so far as how it does things.
After Trying Gentoo on the AMD64, i withdraw my recomendation.
having 3 so called stable AMD64 releases under its belt, i thought Gentoo would do well.
however gentoo on the AMD64 is much more difficult to install than its 32bit counterpart.
first off, its seems that ttmkfdir (a dependency of Xorg) fails to compile for elmost everyone, the solution is a "emerge --oneshot libtool" but took me a while to find on the gentoo forums, and im promised i will find many other sumilat problems along the way.
i think gentoo hon the 64bit hardware has some growing up to do, i would now recomend fedora core 3 for AMD64