Re: When will amd64 be allowed in sid?
Thu, 6 May 2004 04:25:30 -0500, you wrote:
> Most code that can't be immediately recompiled for amd64 is commercial
> binary only software which also in most cases is statically compiled, so
> in general you only need a 32bit libc (afaik). For the open source
> programs that aren't 64bit clean they can be fixed as they are found,
> hopefully without too many problems. Most open source apps are already
> 64bit clean since they are in Debian already on alpha/ia64/etc... IMHO
> full biarch is of little real use on AMD64, but could be quite useful
> on other archs such as mips/powerpc/sparc.
Biarch can be usefull because is many cases the drawbacks of 64-bits
(bigger datatypes, including bigger pointers, which lead to an
increase of memory bandwidth and cache-line usage) are more important
that the gains. I don't know exactly for AMD64, but for Sparc 64, many
applications run faster when compiled in 32-bits.
But that's not a reason to delay AMD64 from being in Sid IMHO. It's
just a reason for why biarch would be good on the long run.
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