Is Slackware 64-bit being designed?
I'm buying an AMD Athlon 64-bit processor and to fully utilize this I wanted to run a 64-bit Linux distribution build. Since I use Slackware I had kind of hoped it would have a 64-bit version but having checked the website, it doesn't exist.
I've seen reviews for SlAMD64 and would rather not use that, so, will Slackware 64bit ever be built officially and if not, am I best finding a distribution which utilizes it fully or is the difference (between using a 64-bit processor on a 32-bit or a 64-bit distribution) negligable.
Re: Is Slackware 64-bit being designed?
Originally Posted by TomX
I'm not a heavy Slacker, but as far as I know, Patrick has no plans to make an AMD64 version, much like he insists on using the 2.4.x series of kernel by default. Read into that as you will.
At the current time, there isn't any real significant advantage to using a 64-bit Linux on your AMD64, unless you just like having a distro compiled for your architecture. The immediate problem you run into is that even if there were a slight increase in performance (which there will eventually be, once developers start using the new features) you still run into certain applications that just don't come in 64-bit yet (such as Macromedia Flash), and it can be difficult sometimes getting 32-bit apps installed on a 64-bit Linux. Most programs run fine, but some require special effort to get installed.
and if not, am I best finding a distribution which utilizes it fully or is the difference (between using a 64-bit processor on a 32-bit or a 64-bit distribution) negligable.