Thank you for a fair and informational article. As the Strategic Lead Developer of the Gentoo/amd64, I'm always interested in finding out the real-world experiences of our users.
I'll be sending an email to all the amd64 developers so they will see this article. Feedback is always appreciated (even critical feedback). With more thoughtful criticism such as this, I'm sure Gentoo/amd64 will continue to grow, mature and provide a great platform for Linux enthusiasts, high-end workstation users and SMP-servers.
For those users who do take the plunge into 64-bit bliss, here are some useful links to information and support on the Gentoo/amd64 port.
Gentoo/amd64 Technotes: http://amd64.gentoo.org/technotes.xml
Gentoo/amd64 IRC Channel: #gentoo-amd64 on irc.freenode.net
Gentoo/amd64 Forum: http://forums.gentoo.org/viewforum.php?f=46
Gentoo/amd64 Mailing List: email@example.com
In particular, we encourage users to visit the IRC channel. There are always AMD64 developers in the channel ready to help you with any issues you may experience. Our development team in particular prides itself on being friendly, helpful and active with the user community.
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