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Re: 64 Bit Linux

On Sat, 2006-09-09 at 17:22 -0500, Steven Pritchard wrote:
> On Sat, Sep 09, 2006 at 04:53:55PM -0500, Benjamin Story wrote:
> > Yes, AMD decided to not ditch the x86 instruction set in favor of
> > backwards compatability.  This is partially why the AMD64 platform has
> > been more widely accepted than Intel's.
> IA64 (Itanium), that is.  It hasn't been widely accepted for a whole
> host of reasons.

High cost, no good compilers, and poor availability of documentation so
people could actually take advantage of a very cool processor design...
Oh, and relatively low clock speeds.

> The 64-bit Pentium/Xeon CPUs use the AMD64 instructions, more-or-less.

Which, when one's shopping, means to look for em64t instructions on the
Intel chips in consideration if one wants the backwards-compatible Intel
64-bit implementation.

--Danny, happy with his core duo laptop, even though it's "just" ia32

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