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Debian 7 'Wheezy' to introduce multiarch support

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Debian 7 'Wheezy' to introduce multiarch support       press@debian.org
July 26th, 2011               http://www.debian.org/News/2011/20110726b

Debian 7 'Wheezy' to introduce multiarch support

During this years annual Debian Conference DebConf11 made the
introduction of "multiarch support" a release goal for the coming
Debian release 7 "Wheezy" to be released in 2013. Multiarch is a
radical rethinking of the filesystem hierarchy with respect to library
and header paths, to make programs and libraries of different hardware
architectures easily installable in parallel on the very same system.

"Multiarch is a major enhancement to Debian's ability to deliver on
the promise of being a universal operating system" explains Steve
Langasek, driving force of the implementation, "not only will it make
crossbuilding easier, but also enables better support for legacy
32-bit applications on new 64-bit installations and in the future will
even allow live migrations from 32-bit to 64-bit systems."

People interested in the topic can watch the talk by Steve Langasek
"Multiarch in Debian: 6 months (or 6 years) on" today at 16:00 CEST
(14:00 UTC) by using the DebConf web frontend at

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