x86_64 Version of LinHES 6.xx.xx
Hi Cecil and all other developers,
I read a similar ticket about nine month ago ... any new thoughts about a x86_64 version?
Any problems? Any pros and cotras?
Far as I am aware this is still on the list.
The idea was to get a stable version of the i686 before starting work on x64. Basing off a rapidly moving target is not a good idea and would double the effort.
yes I agree with you ... it's only a thought, maybe it will be nice to have ... I tried to install mythtv on my opensuse 11.2 x86_64 not really happy ... packman has old 0.21 packages and 0.22 packages have problems to install with deps problems :-(
I prefer to have a multiboot system with LinHES and separate openSUSE 11.2 :-) ...
maybe change thread title to "x86_64 version for LinHES R7" ... :-)
We are discussing this... For me, there would have to be at least a 10% difference in performance between i686 and x86_64 to warrant the time and effort it takes to build x86_64 and maintain two branches of LinHES.
I have really wanted this for a long time because, as I understand it, I cannot make full use of the 4 GB of RAM that I have in my LinHES machine unless I use an x86_64 kernel. (If there's a way to do this with the i686 kernel, I cannot figure it out.)
RAM has gotten so cheap that I would expect a lot of builders of new LinHES boxes would face the same disappointment. Anyway, I know maintaining two kernels doesn't sound great, but I'd be really surprised if the majority of LinHES users aren't migrating to (or already on) 64-bit hardware. I would think the i686 kernel could be phased out over time and we'd be back to just one kernel to maintain.
To do this right, it would take more than a kernel. An announcement will be made shortly, I'm sure you'll be happy. Thanks for sticking with us!
A x86_64 version of R6 and R7 will not happen, but R8 will be 64 bit