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From: Mike Melanson <mike@...>
Subject: Re: 64-bit or 32-bit?
Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2005 07:01:11 -0600
Anand Buddhdev wrote:
> 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?

	For most of what I have to do, 64-bit Gentoo works famously. Yes, the 
multimedia codec thing is a problem which is very near and dear to my 
heart (see my email address). The community is working hard on reverse 
engineering major codecs in order to mitigate this problem.

	-Mike Melanson
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-- Anand Buddhdev
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