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Old 10-05-2006, 07:39 AM   #1
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Slamd64 vs BlueWhite64

So I've been waiting for Slack11 with baited breath like everyone else. Now that it's here I thought I'd grab slamd and play with it on my AMD64 as I upgrade my other 32bit boxes with the original. Lo and behold I have run across BlueWhite64 this morning.

After a bit or reading I don't see any distinguishing differences other than BlueWhite is a Romanian based distribution. I presume that a second 64 port was done because slamd64 was missing something/did something these guys didn't like? Perhaps a flawed presumption, however; I'm asking what is it that distinguishes BlueWhite from Slamd?
Old 10-06-2006, 12:53 PM   #2
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I have no idea, sorry. Why don't you install both in the same drive and tell us your experiences
(I myself have 3 slack installs. One stable, one for trashing/experimenting and another for tracking current)
Old 10-06-2006, 01:18 PM   #3
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I can't answer your question, but I am pretty sure the makers of BlueWhite can...
Did you ask them?

Old 10-06-2006, 01:23 PM   #4
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I played around with Slamd64 for a while this past spring. I found it to be a worthwhile distro, but with a couple quirks. I can only imagine it's been improved. The Dropline-Gnome made for it really made it shine.

I've not installed Blue\White, but it also looks good, may play with it soon.

The differences are:
Slamd64 is 64-bit with 32-bit compatability layer.
Blue\White is pure 64-bit, with no 32-bit compatability.

no 32-bit means you will probably have problems with some programs (flash?)
Old 10-06-2006, 04:31 PM   #5
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I tried BlueWhite, and things broke on install (it was a few months ago, and I don't remember exactly what it was). I didn't have much time to be problem-solving, so I tried Slamd64, and the whole installation went smoothly.

The biggest problem I've had is a problem you might have with any 64-bit system: the unconventional location of 64 bit libraries. Slamd64 has a good collection of 64-bit and 32-bit libraries, which really helps, but if you're installing things from source, it's sometimes difficult to tell the compiler to look in /usr/lib64 and not /usr/lib (sometimes it insists on the latter, even if you told it to look in the former). Of course this is not always the case, and it depends on the package.



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