Re: Debian for x86-64 (AMD Opteron)
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On Wednesday 09 April 2003 18:38, Daniel Whelan wrote:
> I noticed some discussion regarding Debian on x86-64 back in January,
> but haven't seen much since then. I'm interested in seeing this project
> completed successfully (my department is primarily a x86 Linux and Sparc
> Solaris shop for servers), and I'd like to look into x86-64 for compute
> At any rate, what is the status of this? Is hardware the only thing
> we're waiting for?
I have done some work back then in order to start x86_64 as a subarchitecture
of i386, similar to how s390x and sparc64 work. I had some problems running
in Bochs and the announcement that the Athlon64 release has been delayed
made it less interesting.
Note that the x86_64 is special: It would be relatively easy to bootstrap
a port on the actual hardware, but doing it right requires changing _all_
library packages as well as many other packages. The problem is that
we want binaries to be compatible with i386 as well as with other x86_64
distributions and that requires the installation of both 32 and 64 bit
libraries at the same time.
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