Re: Concerns about AMD64 port
- To: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Subject: Re: Concerns about AMD64 port
- From: Eric Sharkey <email@example.com>
- Date: Sat, 07 Feb 2004 13:12:14 -0500
- Message-id: <E1ApWwA-0008F2firstname.lastname@example.org>
- In-reply-to: Your message of "Sat, 07 Feb 2004 18:59:34 +0100." <email@example.com>
> I think there could be a good reason for a "multiarch" (for commercial
> software compatability), but I've been waiting more than 3 or so years for
> the first 64bit Intel and AMD CPUs and an OS (preferably Linux/*BSD) to be
> fully 64bit (including application software)
Uhm, why? If you don't care about running 32-bit code and you compile
everything yourself, why didn't you just buy an Alpha or UltraSparc
workstation three years ago?
> As I recall, the Intel/AMD/NEC 80386 CPUs were not only 32bit (in
> architecture), but also ran 16bit apps (such as the very first Windows 95
> OS) for backwards compatibility. As I recall, most everybody worked hard to
> move from a 16bit architecture to the more powerful 32bit CPUs (commercial
> software vendors included), and I'm hoping and expecting the same to happen
> now with the new 64bit CPUs/architecture.
You mean a long drawn out process spanning many years as software developers
gradually phase in more and more 32 bit code bodged together with bits and
pieces of 16-bit code? That's what you're hoping for?
At least you're likely to get it.