Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 5th May 2013 21:40 UTC, submitted by Anonymous Penguin
Debian and its clones That rare event where tried and true Debian releases a new version. "This new version of Debian includes various interesting features such as multiarch support, several specific tools to deploy private clouds, an improved installer, and a complete set of multimedia codecs and front-ends which remove the need for third-party repositories. Multiarch support, one of the main release goals for 'Wheezy', will allow Debian users to install packages from multiple architectures on the same machine. This means that you can now, for the first time, install both 32- and 64-bit software on the same machine and have all the relevant dependencies correctly resolved, automatically."
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RE: Multiarch support?
by Drumhellar on Sun 5th May 2013 23:10 UTC in reply to "Multiarch support?"
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Debian Multiarch is more than just 32-bit libraries on 64-bit Linux. It allows for completely mixed instruction sets, such as ia64/x86 for older Itaniums that have x86 emulation built in, or emulated architectures, such as arm/amd64 when used with qemu.

It also allows for mixed OS setups, say installing Linux libraries along FreeBSD libraries when using the FreeBSD kernel, or Irix binaries alongside Linux on MIPS architectures.

There's more that comes along with it, too.

http://wiki.debian.org/Multiarch/TheCaseForMultiarch has a good rundown of the capabilities and changes that come with Multiarch

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