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Old 03-10-2005, 11:14 PM   #1
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64 Bit Slackware?


I know almost nothing about Slackware specifically and am currently building a 64 bit machine. Is there a 64 bit version of Slackware or how would that work? I want to fully benefit from a 64 bit machine by having a 64 bit OS. I have always been interested in Slackware but this will be a deciding factor. Should I go with Gentoo or another Distribution. Any thoughts?

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Old 03-10-2005, 11:34 PM   #2
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AMD64 Running Slack-current

I have an AMD64 processor and I am running linux version 2.6.11. I know that I am not taking full advantage of my 64 bit processor, but it is still quicker than just about anything else. I first tried FC compiled for 86_64, but I had a lot of issues with it, and I really just didn't like FC. Try Slackware, and if you don't like it, then try gentoo.
 
Old 03-10-2005, 11:40 PM   #3
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I had a problem running Slack on a 64bit Athlon machine. Would randomly reboot and crash - other OSes ran fine on it (FreeBSD, NetBSD).
 
Old 03-11-2005, 02:21 AM   #4
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There's an unofficial port of slackware to 64bit, called slamd64. I don't know much about it so don't know if it's any good or not.
 
Old 03-11-2005, 08:49 AM   #5
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I had a problem running Slack on a 64bit Athlon machine. Would randomly reboot and crash - other OSes ran fine on it (FreeBSD, NetBSD).
I take it you recompiled the kernel?
 
Old 03-11-2005, 08:57 AM   #6
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I will probably go with the Slackware install then.... because it's going to be quicker just running the 64 bit processor. And after all, I can just duel boot with another Distro to see what I like more. I've been a FC user almost my whole linux life but I want to explore, and I hear good things about Slack.


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Old 03-11-2005, 09:01 AM   #7
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I wonder if you recompile to a 64 bit kernel you can still run
32 bit apps. Must be able to.
I suppose you'd recompile stuff like mod_utils and such.

Or would you need to recompile everything?

It's worth buying an AMD64 just to try it.
 
Old 03-11-2005, 10:56 AM   #8
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If the individual binaries arent compiled for 64bit then they aren't going to take advantage of your 64bit proc. You can still run 32bit binaries on a 64bit system, there just not going to be taking advantage of your 64bit system... That was a little repetitive...

So, you would have to compile everything from scratch if you wanted a full 64bit system. But now I think I'm just stating the obvious....

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