Re: x86-64 mailing list
> > I think they're right this time. Most of the press releases that have gone
> > out mention AMD64 instead of x86-64, and the marketing info at amd.com all
> > mentions AMD64 as well.
> Most of the press releases I've read also mention 'Itanium' and not
...But IA64 is the name for the platform, as opposed to a specific
implementation. We also refer to the Pentiums, Athlons and their smaller
cousins as x86 or i386 chips. The right naming should follow the
architecture's name, not a specific chip's.
> blackbird:/usr/src/linux/arch$ ls amd64
> ls: amd64: No such file or directory
> IMHO, we should settle on a policy how to handle 32/64-bits mixed
> user-space and worry about marketing later.
I don't think it will be much of a problem - Take a look at Sparc, for
example. Most of the user space is compiled for 32 bits, only specific
bits (i.e. the kernel) are for 64 bits.
 And i386 is the right name, even if it names a specific model of
Intel chips - It is a great departure from previous x86 models, and it
is the base architecture where lots of code work... Try to run a decent
OS on a 8086/286 ;-)
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