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Old 04-04-2006, 02:14 PM   #1
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64 bit on Linux


I am going to buy a AMD Athlon 64 -processor, so I want to make some things clear first.

I got Slackware-current and a self-compiled kernel (Linux 2.6.16). Do I just need to compile the kernel to use 64-bit? Do I need packages that are compiled for x86_64 or can I use the i486 packages which comes with Slackware?

I heard there are problems with Java in 64-bit Linux. Is this true?

Can I still use 64-bit processor in a 32-bit environment? How?
Old 04-04-2006, 02:39 PM   #2
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Yes to all of your questions.

The 64-bit version of Sun's Jave as of yet does not have the, which means no browser java plugin is available. No biggie.... just use the 32-bit browser(s). The 64-bit OS will run any 32-bit application as long as the required libs are present.

A 64-bit system is quite happy to load and use a 32-bit OS also. Just install the OS of your choice (32 or 64-bit).
Old 04-04-2006, 04:37 PM   #3
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The 64-bit version of Sun's Jave as of yet does not have the,
Dunno if Slackers use KDE or not, but Konqueror and some other browsers work fine without the Java plugin.
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as of current, the only real benefit from going to a 64 bit os/processor is to leverage systems with 4 GB of ram or more.

I cannot find any other benefit and support is not there yet for 64bit.
Old 04-05-2006, 09:12 PM   #5
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On a 64 bit platform, you will need 32bit browser and a least one media player (mplayer). Outside of that I have no problems.


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