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On Fri, Feb 10, 2006 at 12:35:08AM +0000, Thierry de Coulon wrote:
> - for what I'd like to do with video (ripping and converting DVDs and DV
> processing) 64 bit software is not ready: I did not check directly if
> transcode works, but DVDRip would not start. Cinelerra didn't install either,
> only kino worked - and MainActor is still 32 bit, if it works at all.
I use mencoder (mplayer) in 64 bit mode to rip dvd's to mpeg4 (divx)
> - regarding audio, 64bit is not an issue. Ripping the CD allready took more
> time than converting to ogg on my dual Athlon.
I am finishing up re-ripping my CD library to flac and then to ogg. I
don't have any benchmarks, but I swear it's faster in gentoo64 then when
I did it the first time with WinXP (32) on the same hardware.
> - standard desktop applications, as far as I am concerned, heavily rely on
> OpenOffice.org and that is still 32 bit
OOo works fine in bin format
> - gaming also requires 32bit
cedega works fine here with emul- libs, no major performace difference
between 32 and 64 that I've seen in my testing (playing WoW)
> Does anyone have other arguments to justify the troubles of working with a
> 64bit install at the moment?
No arugments here, the wonderful thing about gentoo is the freedom to
choose what is best for you. If there are applications you have found
that aren't 64 bit ready, and don't feel like setting up a 32 bit
chroot, then the 32 bit install is probably your best choice. If you
like to push the technology to it's limits, and are willing to deal with
minor issues, then maybe go 64 bit now, as it only gets better with
time. It could save you a lot of time down the road since switching from
32 to 64 will take a full reinstall.
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