Linked by jarkkot on Tue 26th Jul 2011 21:44 UTC
Debian and its clones Debian announced that they are going to introduce multiarch support for Wheezy (7.0) in 2013. Well, nice, but aren't they a little bit late now that problems are mostly sorted out and systems moved to 64-bit? This would have been great news at the time when Lenny (5.0) was released, but does it even matter in 2013? Are they just going to make things more complicated for no reason?
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Me too
by fretinator on Tue 26th Jul 2011 21:49 UTC
fretinator
Member since:
2005-07-06

I call them Dr. Scholl's.

But seriously, it does seem a little late for this. It might have helped the transition, but almost all processors are 64-bit now, so the market for this is small.

However, Debian is very much a "scratch an itch" community, so there must be some support for this, or it wouldn't have made it this far.

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RE: Me too
by danieldk on Wed 27th Jul 2011 20:50 in reply to "Me too"
danieldk Member since:
2005-11-18

[q]But seriously, it does seem a little late for this. It might have helped the transition, but almost all processors are 64-bit now, so the market for this is small.[q]

Well, this is only one advantage. The other is cross-platform development.

You'll be able to install libraries for multiple archs in parallel, meaning (e.g.) that you can install ARM libraries on x86_64 as well, to compile against with a cross-compiler.

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RE[2]: Me too
by fretinator on Wed 27th Jul 2011 21:20 in reply to "RE: Me too"
fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

That was what I was looking for - cross-platform binaries. However, reading the article I didn't see that, but I might have missed that. That would then be like the Rosetta binaries for PowerPC/X86 Mac.

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