Some Thoughts on the Current State of 64-bit Computing
Posted Feb 24, 2005 14:36 UTC (Thu) by anton
Parent article: Some Thoughts on the Current State of 64-bit Computing
"the default installs of Fedora, Mandrakelinux, SUSE and Ubuntu are heavy hybrids of 32-bit and 64-bit applications and libraries."
In the Usenet posting <2004Aug8.firstname.lastname@example.org> I counted the number of x86-64 and other ELF files in /bin and /usr/bin of Fedora Core 1 (with "Everything" installed).
The result was 726 x86-64 binaries and 77 others; the non-x86-64 binaries for a large part seemed to have to do with the Berkeley DB; there were also a number of 32-bit compilers which were provided as 32-bit binaries, as well as a few other files. In the almost full year while I used this distribution, I never used any of these applications.
However, I did use some of the binaries I had compiled earlier, so the 32-bit libraries did come in handy.
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