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Re: Debian AMD64 - any 32bit compatibility?

On Tuesday 29 August 2006 20:17, Thomas Steffen wrote:
> BTW: what happened to the many plans of running 32bit binaries without
> a chroot?
> In my experience, a chroot environment is a mayor PITA, and it is the
> one main reason that I would not recommend a 64bit system yet expect
> for the most enthusiastic early adopters.

Mixed 32 and 64 bit systems are a PITA however you implement them, be it 
through a chroot {the Debian way} or having separate /lib and /lib64 
directories {the R*d H*t way}.  And there should be no need to have them 

The fact is simple: any piece of software which will not compile cleanly on a 
pure 64-bit system IS BROKEN.

The vast majority of the "problems" with 64-bit-only systems exist only 
because of closed-source software such as Flash player  {a delivery vehicle 
for annoying advertisements},  Adobe Acrobat Reader  {a second-rate PDF 
displayer, slower, uglier and more bloated than kPDF or gPDF, which -- thanks 
mainly to misleading icons -- people mistakenly assume they need}  and Skype  
{a bait-and-switch scam where users are promised free telephone calls, which 
one day will be used to deliver lucrative, unignorable advertisements}.

The exception to the rule-of-thumb is OpenOffice.org.  Although it is Free 
Software, it is riddled with elementary mistakes, starting from the 
assumption that the processor uses a 32-bit word length and a 32-bit address 
space, which have severely impacted upon its portability even to other 32-bit 

This fiasco should serve as a strident wake-up call to the Free Software 
Community.  Remember, OpenOffice.org began life as the closed-source Star 
Office.  The egregious programming errors displayed in its source code were 
tolerated because nobody was checking up on them.  How many other 
closed-source products contain fundamental design mistakes that nobody knows 
about because the source is kept secret from the users?

To deny access to the source code of a program shows nothing but contempt for 
users, and we should not tolerate this blatant abuse.

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