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Re: Upcoming Debian multiarch support (amd64, sparc64, s390x, mips64) [affects sarge slightly]

On Mon, Jan 12, 2004 at 07:19:50AM +0100, Goswin von Brederlow wrote:
> The /bin and /usr/bin on the amd64 system is quite well mixed with 32
> and 64 bit binaries. There is a need for a mixed i386/amd64 system,
> the need for a i386 only system (for i386 owners obviously) but
> only a desire for an amd64 only system.

It is more than just a desire since amd64 only provides a large speed
boost from what I hear (in the range of 30%). Definitely more of a need
of an amd64 only system than a mixed system, since mixed is only needed
for commercial non-free binary-only crap.

> The i386 support is needed for 3rd party products. The amd64 support
> is needed for the larger address space, e.g. for a big mysql/postgres
> DB. People who need both need a mixed system. The question is not if
> Debian provides a mixed system but how nicely it is done. I feel your
> still arguing about wether there even should be a mixed system.

There obviously isn't that much of a need for i386 3rd party support if
RedHat and SuSE don't support it.


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