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Re: Are we losing users to Gentoo?

I know a specific reason Debian is losing users... AMD64. AMD expects to
ship over 5 million amd64 chips this year, aiui. It currently costs less
than $600 USD to build a complete AMD64 system. Also, every other major
distribution (Fedora, Gentoo, Mandrake, RHEL, SUSE) already supports it
but Debian does not. Debian has a preliminary multiarch and pure64 port
but they are not being kept up to date, with both being several months
out of date. Running native amd64 code is much faster than i386 code,
certainly more than the avg 0.75% figure for i386 subarch optimization
someone else quoted. I have personally seen 50% improvement in some

Hopefully the multiarch support in Debian can get off the ground soon
before we lose too many more users.


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