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A 64-bit future?
by iseyler on Tue 23rd Feb 2010 15:15 UTC
iseyler
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2008-11-15

I applaud the effort that is going into re-creating BeOS (in my mind the best OS in history) but what are the plans in regards to 64-bit mode?

Everyone is going 64-bit these days for the wider registers (and more of them) as well as access to more than 4GiB of RAM. Does the Haiku project have this on their roadmap? Can this even be added without breaking the older (binary only) applications?

-Ian
www.returninfinity.com

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RE: A 64-bit future?
by AndrewZ on Tue 23rd Feb 2010 15:31 in reply to "A 64-bit future?"
AndrewZ Member since:
2005-11-15

Well, the BFS file system was 64-bit back in 1997. So in that regard BeOS was way ahead of the crowd. As far as 64-bit kernel, I think the goal is to at least get to Beta before putting resources into that. There are only so many kernel hackers on the Haiku team, so it's better to keep focused on the most important tasks.

But if you think about it, 64-bit for Haiku is not as important as 64-bit for Windows or Linux. Haiku is targeted to desktop applications, not server applications. Currently corporations are not running large server tasks like database, web serving, file serving that require lots of RAM. This could come in the future, but not just yet.

So currently it's not the highest priority.

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