i386 and x86_64: back together?
Posted Jul 31, 2007 21:38 UTC (Tue) by iabervon
Parent article: i386 and x86_64: back together?
If IDE/SATA is the ideal model, it's worth noting that, while "IDE" is going away, it's partially being replaced with "PATA" which is a different name for the same thing, but is the name under which libata supports it. And, aside from exceptionally lost devices, libata is getting support for all of the old IDE devices (as well as new devices; optical drives still seem to be routinely PATA, even when the hard drives are SATA).
This would suggest that the correct thing to do is to rename x86_64 to x86, make it not use files out of i386 and add support for 32-bit processors to it, starting with non-quirky ones and progressively filling in weirder stuff in ways that doesn't impact the regular code. Then i386 is made obsolete when x86 handles everything. This would probably take some time, but probably not any longer than PATA, which seems to be coming along, and the switch will be easier on users (since they won't have their root partition device's major and minor change on them in the process).
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