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Old 12-17-2003, 10:44 PM   #1
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.


Old 12-18-2003, 09:17 PM   #6
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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:
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
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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
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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
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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

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