Gentoo Archives: gentoo-amd64

From: Anand Buddhdev <arb@×××××.org>
To: gentoo-amd64@l.g.o
Subject: [gentoo-amd64] 64-bit or 32-bit?
Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2005 11:29:11
Message-Id: 42D3A936.8060306@anand.org
Hello fellow list members,

I'm getting a new AMD64-based computer, and I'd like to run gentoo on 
it. I have been doing a bit of reading about running linux on AMD64, and 
it seems that in general, it's not a problem. The main issues seem to be 
with firefox 32-bit plugins, and win32 codecs for use with mplayer. My 
reading seems to suggest that if I stick to firefox-bin and mplayer32, 
then I should be fine. However, I'd like to hear from people who're 
already using gentoo on amd64, and what their experience is. Is it 
simple to get these apps to work? Or was there a lot of frustration 
involved. I've used linux and BSD systems for a long time, so I'm used 
to hacking, and I'm not afraid to mess around with scripts and 
compilers. But I've reached a point when I'd just like to be able to 
install a system, and have it work. Fedora Core almost allows that, 
except that I'm a bit fed up of the multiple repository problems, and no 
proper way of picking and choosing what exactly I want. I could 
recompile some of the packages from SRPMS, and specify my choices. But I 
reckoned that if recompiling was the way to go, then I'd give gentoo a try.

One of the choices I'm facing is whether to install gentoo 64-bit, or 
32-bit. Installing 32-bit on the AMD64 would make life easy, but kind of 
defeats the purpose of having a 64-bit processor. Hence my request for 
opinions. Should I go 64-bit, or stay in the 32-bit world for now?

Regards, and thanks in advance.

Anand
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Replies

Subject Author
Re: [gentoo-amd64] 64-bit or 32-bit? gh <gwheim@×××××.fr>
Re: [gentoo-amd64] 64-bit or 32-bit? Mike Melanson <mike@××××××××××.cx>
Re: [gentoo-amd64] 64-bit or 32-bit? Barry.SCHWARTZ@×××××××××××××.org
Re: [gentoo-amd64] 64-bit or 32-bit? Bob Sanders <rsanders@×××××××××××××××.com>
[gentoo-amd64] Re: 64-bit or 32-bit? Duncan <1i5t5.duncan@×××.net>
Re: [gentoo-amd64] 64-bit or 32-bit? Zac Medico <zmedico@×××××.com>
Re: [gentoo-amd64] 64-bit or 32-bit? Richard Freeman <rich0@×××××××.net>