Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 29th Apr 2012 20:28 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives "During the coding period, I will first work on the boot loader. I intend to modify the existing x86 boot loader so that it is capable of loading both a 32-bit Haiku kernel and a 64-bit one. Once this is done, I will work on implementing the x86_64 architecture functionality in the kernel. Finally, I will port modules and drivers to the 64-bit kernel. Should I have time, I will also begin work on porting userland." Heck. Yes.
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RE[2]: fast or slow
by Andre on Mon 30th Apr 2012 10:08 UTC in reply to "RE: fast or slow"
Andre
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Every x86 processor, including the latest x86_64 bit (unless you have a legacy free machine, but most computers still have a BIOS (or BIOS emulation))
initialise in real mode. The oldest 16 bit mode, in wich they run like the ancient 8086/8088.

I think the speed difference being referred to is related to communicating with the hardware directly in stead of using BIOS calls (which happened in real mode)

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