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Re: Who decides arch names?

John Goerzen wrote:
[snip: x86-64 as arch-name for amd64]
> > The advantages of this name are:
> > 
> >   * it matches the GNU arch string

It does not, the GNU arch string uses an underscore. And btw, the reason
why this wasn't changed to amd64 in the toolchain is that it already was
in use by too many people at that time.

> >   * it matches the name chosen by RedHat, Fedora and SuSE
> Though not Gentoo, NetBSD, FreeBSD, Mandrake, Shark, etc.

I think RH and SuSE merely stayed with what they already had. x86_64 is
not a lucky choice for a user-visible name.


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