"Only" for closed-source programs?
Posted Jun 24, 2004 10:40 UTC (Thu) by forthy
Parent article: The 64-bit question
I'd beg to differ. There are several reasons to run a mixed 32/64 bit
system, even if you don't run any closed source program at all. The most
obvious are the following:
- You are a developer, and you want to create and test binaries for
both 32 and 64 bit system without rebooting.
- The free software you want to use has assembler parts which haven't
been ported to x86_64 (yes, this happens, not everything can be written in
GCC, think of a JIT).
- The free software you want to use does support x86_64, but has some
quirks there which don't show up on the 32 bit version.
For me, all three things are true. I'm a developer, and I don't want to
reboot for testing 32 bit programs. The software I develop has assembler
code parts, which don't work on x86_64 yet (that's because I'm still
developing). Ah, and where it does work, it has quirks.
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