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

Chris Cheney <ccheney@cheney.cx> writes:

> 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.
> Chris

They sort of do. They are capable of running i386 3rd party
programs. They don't support a mixed suse/rh system so.

Meaning they have everything laid out as a multiarch debian amd64 has
with 32bit libs in /lib and 64bit libs in /lib64 and so on. You can't
install a i386 kde with yast though, there is only the amd64 rpm


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