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Author Topic: 64-Bit?  (Read 1920 times)
RevJack
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« on: November 01, 2010, 06:30:43 am »

Is there going to be a 64-bit version of Vector Linux?
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« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2010, 06:17:12 pm »

I guess nobody has an answer. Sorry to have bothered you with my question.  Sad
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bigpaws
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« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2010, 07:58:41 pm »

There has been some Alpha versions attempted. None have gone past that
point to date.

Bigpaws
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RevJack
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« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2010, 08:47:07 am »

Thanks.
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« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2010, 01:07:54 pm »

I think if there was more users for 64bit, there would prob end up a 64bit version

not sure how many here really need 64
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« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2010, 02:26:17 pm »

Anyone with a 64-bit CPU needs a 64-bit OS if they want to take full advantage of the power of their processor.  I realize many people never use their system's full capacity and won't see the difference but for those of us who do things that push the CPU hard a 64-bit OS is a must. 

Want to know why I don't run Vector Linux regularly anymore?  It's the lack of a 64-bit release.  I migrated to SalixOS.  I see lots of familiar names from the VL forums have turned up in the Salix forums and I imagine this is a big part of the reason why.
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« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2010, 04:40:23 pm »

When all primary application sets are in place
like browsers I would consider migrating.

Using applications not made for 64 bit does not
allow for all of the advantages of using 64 bit.

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« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2010, 04:57:25 pm »

I realize that 64-bit is the way of the future, but 32-bit remains the safe choice. In my sideline business, the transition to 64-bit has proven to be rather painful. A lot of (proprietary) business apps are 32-bit only. Those that are "64-bit compatible" exhibit problems not present in their 32-bit counterparts. So far, my only reason for going 64-bit is to take advantage of more than 3.2GB of RAM.
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« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2010, 08:07:46 pm »

When all primary application sets are in place
like browsers I would consider migrating.

Using applications not made for 64 bit does not
allow for all of the advantages of using 64 bit.

Bigpaws

OK, and which browser is not in place?  SalixOS has 64-bit builds of Firefox, Seamonkey, Midori and Opera.  What other apps aren't available in 64-bit which concern you?
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« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2010, 08:48:35 pm »

While firefox maybe on a 64 bit system it is built in a compatibility mode.

Firefox
http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Using+Firefox+with+a+64-bit+Operating+System?s=64+bit&as=s

Flash
No longer supported under Linux, I read that is Salix Forum

The apps maybe built to be used on a 64 bit System but they are not using 64 bit instructions.

I am not aware of a distribution that is not using compatibility in some fashion or another.

BTW nice to see you around Caitlyn.

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« Reply #10 on: November 22, 2011, 09:24:20 am »

Update:  Native 64-bit Flash and Firefox now do exist and are well supported.

SalixOS does not include 32-bit libraries in their 64-bit distro.  They are not using compatibility mode.  In general, things have advanced a lot over the last year.  Even netbooks have 64-bit processors nowadays.  32-bit is rapidly becoming legacy.
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« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2011, 09:52:47 am »

WoW!... Caitlyn... ltns.  Good to hear read from you.
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« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2011, 10:08:56 am »

Thanks!  I'm taking a look at the 64-bit version, the one thing that could bring me back to VL  Grin  Sadly, the company that had been my largest customer in the second half of this year just went under and a holiday weekend is not the best time to go out and drum up new business or a new job... so I have some time.
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HP Mini 110 netbook, 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU, 2GB RAM, Intel 950 video, VL 7.1
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« Reply #13 on: November 22, 2011, 10:16:05 am »

Well, things always have a way of picking up (work-wise), so the best of wishes to you.  Glad to head you may be coming back.
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