The amd64 question again.

D. R. Evans doc.evans at
Sat Jan 17 19:33:31 UTC 2009

Dotan Cohen said the following at 01/17/2009 10:53 AM :

> Thanks, Doc. I suppose that I will build a test system when the betas
> come out, and file bugs. But I will keep 32 bit for my daily driver.

FWIW, I have been 32-bit-free for several years on my production systems.
So you might find that you don't need it either.

I admit to keeping a 32-bit Windows machine available, though. Very, very
occasionally I am forced to use it. Mostly for the fact that it's Windows
and has IE, I think. When something doesn't work on my production machines
and it does work on the Windows machine, I don't investigate whether the
reason for the difference is Windows/IE or the fact that it's 32 bits.

I can't recall the last time I ran into a program that worked on 32 bit
Linux but which crashed under 64 bits. That used to be a very common
problem (generally because the developer probably assumed that integers and
pointers had the same length). That problem seems to have disappeared in
the last 18 months or so.



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