LinuxQuestions.org
Did you know LQ has a Linux Hardware Compatibility List?
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Distributions > Slackware
User Name
Password
Slackware This Forum is for the discussion of Slackware Linux.

Notices

Reply
 
Search this Thread
Old 12-17-2003, 10:44 PM   #1
ganlu
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Dec 2003
Location: ChongQing, China
Distribution: Slackware 9.1
Posts: 6

Rep: Reputation: 0
Slackware: Are you ready for 64bit?


I just read an article from OSNEWs about linux on AMD 64bit, after finish reading that, I have a reasonal worry about my favorite linux distro: slackware, are the slackware ready for upcoming 64bit computer century? At least, AMD 64bit system aims on desktop field as AMD said, so has slackware 64bit version for AMD athlon 64? Sorry for my ignorancy, since I have a few news channel for slackware, its website was updated possibly several times a year!!
 
Old 12-18-2003, 10:27 AM   #2
roy_tan711
Member
 
Registered: May 2003
Location: Cyberjaya
Distribution: Slackware9.1 RH9.0 freeBSD4.7 HP-UX
Posts: 43

Rep: Reputation: 15
im not sure bout this, but seems like even microsoft also doesn't feel confident with the 64bits system. and do we really need 64 bits for this moment?
 
Old 12-18-2003, 03:04 PM   #3
excel28
Member
 
Registered: Jun 2003
Location: California
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 72

Rep: Reputation: 15
I heard that Microsoft Windows was dependent on the 32-bit processor and for Windows to go to 64-bit, they would have to change all their codes to have 64-bit. But for the linux kernel, I heard that it doesn't have a dependency, so to go to 64-bit on Linux is fine.

I might put the wording wrong, but just wanted to say Linux is ready for 64-bit and Windows is not.
 
Old 12-18-2003, 04:45 PM   #4
steved123
Member
 
Registered: May 2002
Location: New Hampshire
Distribution: Fedora Core 6 X86-64
Posts: 82

Rep: Reputation: 15
If you recompile your kernel. The processor types section list the Athlon64, Hammer and Opteron. This is in Slackware 9.1 . I don't know if 9.1 is capable of 64-bit operation. But I'll bet, if not, it will be comming in future releases.
 
Old 12-18-2003, 06:11 PM   #5
jharris
Senior Member
 
Registered: May 2001
Location: Bristol, UK
Distribution: Slackware, Fedora, RHES
Posts: 2,243

Rep: Reputation: 46
You could simply rebuild yourself a 64-bit kernel if you are on an AMD platform as they support both 32 & 64 bit operations, altough to get real benefits you would need to rebuild every package Given this I'll probably just wait for a 64 bit version to turn up, unless I find myself with some spare hardware and lots of spare time.

The Intel 64 bit platforms will require a 64-bit distro from step 1 as they are not x86 compatible.

cheers

Jamie...
 
Old 12-18-2003, 09:17 PM   #6
ganlu
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Dec 2003
Location: ChongQing, China
Distribution: Slackware 9.1
Posts: 6

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
So your guys have not read that article, before I read the article , I just think the same as you, but thing is not what we have thought, here is the linik to that article:
http://www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=4618
I suppose when we say linux, we mean not only the linux kernal but X windows, Gnome KDE and so on, so please go to look.
 
Old 12-18-2003, 10:38 PM   #7
Wynd
Member
 
Registered: Jul 2001
Distribution: Slackware 12
Posts: 511

Rep: Reputation: 32
Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't it not really matter for Slackware, but more Linux in general? Since distributions are basically variations of the same OS, wouldn't "Linux" support for 64-bit systems really mean all distros too (if they updated all the packages that is)?
 
Old 12-19-2003, 12:57 AM   #8
ganlu
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Dec 2003
Location: ChongQing, China
Distribution: Slackware 9.1
Posts: 6

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
Yes, you are right, but even Gentoo (a distro with source ebuild package management) has some problems with AMD64, so I just hope slackware will run smoothly on a X86 64bit system.
 
Old 12-19-2003, 04:29 AM   #9
nObRaIn
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Nov 2003
Distribution: slackware
Posts: 19

Rep: Reputation: 0
isn't it a bit early for that? i mean, we are moving towards 64bit but we are not there yet. AMD64 is 32bit compatible to ensure a smooth transaction but i guess it will take some time before we all move to 64bit. especialy with microsoft moving the market.

edit: i wouldn't worry about slackware anyway

Last edited by nObRaIn; 12-19-2003 at 04:30 AM.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
64bit slackware-like distro? Smokey Slackware 5 07-29-2006 01:07 AM
Slackware and 64bit intel processor Teldon Slackware 2 11-16-2005 01:20 PM
Slackware on 64bit system BeIiaI Slackware 5 04-23-2005 04:38 AM
Slackware 10.1 install stuck at Ready Skazi Slackware 4 03-01-2005 11:42 AM
Getting ready for Slackware John55 Slackware 5 09-05-2003 03:05 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:01 AM.

Main Menu
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
identi.ca: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration