Re: greater popularity of Debian on AMD64?
On Sun, 09 Sep 2012, Ben Hutchings wrote:
> On Sat, 2012-09-08 at 22:46 -0300, Henrique de Moraes Holschuh wrote:
> > On Sun, 09 Sep 2012, Russell Coker wrote:
> > > On Sat, 8 Sep 2012, Henrique de Moraes Holschuh <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > > > If "64-bit PC" is too vague, the alternative designator for the amd64 arch
> > > > is the vendor neutral "x86-64". The vendor-neutral designator for all of
> > > > i386, i486, i586, i686, amd64 and x32 is "x86" (i.e. it is for both 32-bit
> > > > and 64-bit). i286, i186 and 8086 are too old to bother with :-)
> > >
> > > Why should we be vendor-neutral? AMD invented the AMD64 instruction set.
> > >
> > > Intel invented the 386 instruction set and we call it i386.
> > >
> > > Why be vendor-neutral for things that AMD invents when we aren't vendor-
> > > neutral for things that Intel invents?
> > I don't know, and I don't care either way. I am fine with amd64.
> > But I object to "32-bit PC" and "64-bit PC". i686, amd64, x86-32, x86-64...
> > at least those are correct.
> But none of them are widely understood.
> > 32-bit PC and 64-bit PC mean nothing,
> I think a lot more people know which of those they have.
Yeah, and it can be fixed by "32-bit PC (i386/i686)" and 64-bit PC
> > and it will make the mess worse when we start shipping x32.
> If, not when, x32 is in the archive, it can only be a partial
> architecture, and will be of no interest to the regular Debian user. So
> I don't expect any mess there.
I hope you're right. And yes, x32 as a partial arch would be fine.
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