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Re: multiarch/bi-arch status (ETA) question

Thomas Steffen <steffen.list.account@gmail.com> writes:

> On 7/5/05, Goswin von Brederlow <brederlo@informatik.uni-tuebingen.de> wrote:
>> But you don't realy gain anything by multiarch for amd64. Only 3
>> things come to my mind: OpenOffice, Flash support and w32codecs +
>> 32bit mplayer. And only OO is in Debian.
> The big advantage is binary compatibility with the rest of the Linux
> world. While a pure port is certainly very elegant, I would not be
> able to actually use it, without having a separate installation for
> binary compatibility.
> Thomas

All current linux distributions are pure64. They only differ slightly
in the amount of 32bit libs preinstalled (what debian has as
ia32-libs). Multiarch is something that goes way beyond what other
amd64 distributions have.

Multiarch standardizes and greatly simplifies installing random 32bit
packages on amd64 by making the packaging system aware of the fact. It
does not change the ability to run 32bit apps on amd64 at all, you
already have that.


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