x86_64 as Fedora's primary platform

Adam Williamson awilliam at redhat.com
Tue Sep 28 16:21:31 UTC 2010

On Tue, 2010-09-28 at 11:05 -0500, Michael Cronenworth wrote:
> Adam Williamson wrote:
> > Why do you think it's a good idea to except netbooks? And why do you
> > assume running Fedora on a three year old machine isn't a fairly common
> > case?
> >
> > (I have both 3+ year old 32-bit only machines and netbooks running Linux
> > right here at home).
> The compromise is that the web team should be sniffing the User Agent of 
> the browser for the machine arch and present a download option to match.
> Scenario: You are running a 32-bit browser on a 64-bit machine and 
> browse Fedoraproject.org. Fedoraproject.org should present a 64-bit 
> installer. Yes, it can be done. The user agent, at least for Firefox, 
> contains the machine arch even if you use the 32-bit browser.

That's a neat idea, but presupposes the machine you're downloading with
is the only one you intend to use the image on.

> There is no valid, non-subjective reason to continue running a 32-bit 
> kernel on a 64-bit system. This entire thread is a nice joke to read.

I don't believe anyone said there was, so this is a straw man.
Adam Williamson
Fedora QA Community Monkey
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