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Re: [SLE] SUSE Linux 10.1 - 32-bit or 64-bit
  • From: Marcus Meissner <meissner@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 19 May 2006 16:06:49 +0200
  • Message-id: <20060519140649.GB23349@xxxxxxx>
On Thu, May 18, 2006 at 07:05:28PM -0400, Bryan J. Smith wrote:
> On Fri, 2006-05-19 at 00:45 +1000, Matt Bottrell wrote:
> > I've found the 'mixed-mode' a PITA when trying to update packages. :( My
> > gut feel is just to run the 32-bit version in the interim until we get some
> > of these apps over eventually to 64-bit.
> > A shame... but much cleaner.
> > I do understand the processor/library reasons for this. However from an
> > end-user viewpoint it's frustrating to say the least.
> > Also try explaining it to relos.. with their shiny new 'linux' about 64-bit
> > binaries and 32-bit binaries... particularly when they are computer novices
> > and use Suse for Web-browsing and Email. (really!)
>
> I don't know why Novell and/or Red Hat can't just come up with a set of
> select packages that are shipped as i386/i586/i686 binaries in the
> x86-64 version and _not_ ship any x86-64 option for those select
> binaries. Just leave those select, subset of packages as
> i386/i586/i686, _period_.
>
> I've now experienced the same "update hell" on SuSE Linux 10.x x86-64 as
> I have been dealing with on Fedora Core x86-64 (although at least SuSE
> puts the option for i586 on the same CDs/DVD as x86-64).
>
> Sigh, I'm getting really tempted to fork my own, x86-64 only
> distribution of Fedora (or maybe even OpenSuSE), using my extensive
> experience in running Fedora Core x86-64 distros with a complete 32-bit
> Firefox/multimedia stack over these past 15 or so months.

We do this for Firefox.

Ciao, Marcus

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