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Old 08-31-2010, 03:53 AM   #1
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Beginning 2^6 slacker - any advice is welcome

Hi wealthier part of the world,
Two days ago I accidentally discovered that my processor has 64 bit capabilities. So now it is time to me to make a shift-time and to install 64 bit version of slack. Post here your own experiences. Installing, using, what does it mean multilib (how to become mulitilib), everyhting you think is worthy to post.
I am hearing you in advice.
Old 08-31-2010, 04:15 AM   #2
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I think you should read about AlienBOB's tutorial on how to add multilib:
Old 08-31-2010, 10:31 AM   #3
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Hi wealthier part of the world... loads of us grew up poor !

Good manners are the same in any part of the world... I am keeping my Slack x86_64 pure 64 bit,I have other systems that are 32 bit...
Old 09-01-2010, 01:09 AM   #4
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GO FOR IT !!!!
my computer runs about 2 to 6 times faster running 64bit over 32bit
but more than just the CPU has to support it like the buss controller,memory controller,hard drive controller and the display interface
or it will slow down the computer

mulitilib lets you run 32bit applications on a 64bit system
AFAIK there is no other way to run wine on a 64bit system
Old 09-01-2010, 01:29 AM   #5
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Some hints here.
Old 09-01-2010, 08:12 AM   #6
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A pure 64-bit environment is just fine for almost everything I needed. I resisted a multi-lib setup with Slackware 13, but decided to go multi-lib with Slackware 13.1. Everything has gone very well. The biggest thing I gain is Wine, running 32-bit Windows programs.

One tip, grab Eric's packages for multi-lib and Wine (if you want that) to make things a lot easier.

After I installed the mutli-lib files according to Eric's the instructions, I had to make compat32 versions of a couple of updates that happened after Slackware 13.1 was released: seamonkey-solibs, libtiff, and libpng.

I use the Nvidia driver package, so I also made a compat32 version of that package.

Old 09-01-2010, 08:21 AM   #7
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I've just installed the 131 64 bit version. Mozilla Firefox loads really fast. The first I noticed that there are two different directories /lib and /lib64. Do I have to do something with these directories when I will go with multilib using Alien Bob packages?


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