x86_64 as Fedora's primary platform

Andrew Haley aph at redhat.com
Tue Sep 28 12:29:40 UTC 2010


On 09/28/2010 12:06 PM, mike cloaked wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 28, 2010 at 9:37 AM, Andrew Haley <aph at redhat.com> wrote:
>> On 09/27/2010 10:03 PM, Jeff Spaleta wrote:
>>>
>>> If anything I would expect the 32bit Desktop Live torrent download
>>> activity to be lower because of the promotion of the direct download
>>> link of that particular iso.  The splits in 32bit and 64bit download
>>> activity in the torrent server is very suggestive of a continued
>>> preference for 32bit installs regardless of what we promote.
>>
>> Sure, but the question is how much of that is simply due to a lack of
>> awareness.  To a first order approximation, if you have 64-bit
>> hardware, then a 64-bit spin is better.  We know that, but how many of
>> our users do?  The strong suggestion we make is that 32-bit is the
>> default, and in the absence of any other information I'll always go
>> for the default.  As will most people...
> 
> May I chip in another thought here?  Although in principle it is
> better if 64 bit versions are used on capable hardware there still
> remains a series of issues with some code - eg firefox and thunderbird
> are not always built for 64 bit

Huh?  Sure they are.

Andrew.


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