OT: Interesting Article about 64bit computing

James Gray james at grayonline.id.au
Mon Sep 12 18:48:18 CDT 2005


This is a bit of an advocacy post so I'll try not to offend too many.  Linux 
has some definite benefits over the closed source 64bit world.  Read on :)

There's an interesting article over at ExtremeTech about 64bit computing on 
Windows platforms.  Seems our WinXP-64 encumbered brethren are facing the 
same issues as Linux users, but on a MUCH bigger scale.  Here's a quote from 
the article about a Dell warning message on pre-installed WinXP-64 boxes they 
ship:

"Peripherals you currently own or plan to purchase in the near future 
(cameras, printers, MP3 players, handheld devices) will most likely NOT work 
on a system purchased with Windows XP Professional x64, and some software 
applications may not work on the x64 operating system."

http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1697,1857476,00.asp

The benefit of Linux is that most drivers are fully "open source" meaning we 
can recompile for 64bit kernels with minimal fuss or recoding effort.  Heck 
everything I own (MP3 players, digital cameras, video cameras, and all teh 
internal stuff like sound cards, video cards etc) all work under Linux.  Same 
cannot be said for WinXP-64...most do NOT work.  My dual-boot box is 
Kubuntu+WinXP, I sent my copy of WinXP-64 back it was totally useless to me.

Viva open source :)

Cheers,

JamesJames
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