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.
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