Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 21st Jan 2009 11:30 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems We've been able to drop the world of 32bit for a while now, with 64bit processors and support for them being prevalent in all popular, modern operating systems. However, where Mac OS X and Linux seem to make the move to 64bit rather effortlessly, Windows has more problems. Even though 32bit applications should run fine on 64bit Windows, some don't; and to make matters worse, drivers need to be 64bit, as there's no support for 32bit drivers in 64bit versions of Windows. Still, Gizmodo claims that with Windows 7, the time is right to take the plunge. But really, is it so? And why do Linux and Mac OS X seem to handle the transition so much easier?
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by steogede2 on Wed 21st Jan 2009 17:07 UTC
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Just to add my tuppence: I bought a 64-Bit laptop from HP 3 years ago and despite promises from HP near the time, they still havn't released any 64-bit drivers for it (although I suspect most of the hardware is supported in Vista 64 - just a shame the crap ATI 200M graphics chip causes it to get a 'vista score' of 3).

Works fine in under Linux in 64-bit now that we have opensource broadcom drivers - except for the crappy ATI drivers ofcourse (but that's the same in 32-bit).

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