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]: Cool, but...
by Morgan on Mon 30th Apr 2012 01:26 UTC in reply to "RE: Cool, but..."
Morgan
Member since:
2005-06-29

I'm excited about it because Haiku needs to face forward, not hold on to the past. I realize it is a resurrection of a long-dead OS and needs the backward compatibility for the R1 release, but looking forward I feel it will have much more momentum if there is a 64 bit option.

I also hope this move will push app developers to take the platform seriously, and start porting over the good stuff. I've never been an app-paradigm fan, but I have enough common sense to realize that developers in general are focused on apps and that's where the activity is.

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RE[3]: Cool, but...
by Narishma on Mon 30th Apr 2012 02:06 in reply to "RE[2]: Cool, but..."
Narishma Member since:
2005-07-06

I'm excited about it because Haiku needs to face forward, not hold on to the past. I realize it is a resurrection of a long-dead OS and needs the backward compatibility for the R1 release, but looking forward I feel it will have much more momentum if there is a 64 bit option.

I also hope this move will push app developers to take the platform seriously, and start porting over the good stuff. I've never been an app-paradigm fan, but I have enough common sense to realize that developers in general are focused on apps and that's where the activity is.

I'm not sure I understand your point. In what way will having a 64-bit version push developers to port their applications?
Like a few people above, I don't get why people are excited about this.

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RE[4]: Cool, but...
by jgagnon on Mon 30th Apr 2012 12:06 in reply to "RE[3]: Cool, but..."
jgagnon Member since:
2008-06-24

There are an increasing number of applications where >4GB of RAM are wanted or even needed, especially while multitasking memory hunger applications. For that reason alone a 64-bit port would be welcomed, I'm sure. It would be best, obviously, if the 64-bit version could still run the 32-bit applications (like Windows 7 64-bit can still install/run most 32-bit applications).

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RE[4]: Cool, but...
by Morgan on Wed 2nd May 2012 06:01 in reply to "RE[3]: Cool, but..."
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Because the computing world in general is moving to 64 bit, just as it did to 32 bit and 16 bit in generations past.

And, as others have mentioned, it makes running Haiku on the most modern hardware much easier. These days even a crappy sub-$200 desktop comes with a multi-core 64 bit processor and 4GB or more of RAM.

The real question isn't "why are they moving to 64 bit" but "why did it take so long?"

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RE[3]: Cool, but...
by earksiinni on Mon 30th Apr 2012 02:20 in reply to "RE[2]: Cool, but..."
earksiinni Member since:
2009-03-27

but looking forward I feel it will have much more momentum if there is a 64 bit option.


This makes sense. (Not sarcastic.)

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RE[3]: Cool, but...
by v_bobok on Wed 2nd May 2012 00:28 in reply to "RE[2]: Cool, but..."
v_bobok Member since:
2008-08-01

Personally I don't care about binary compatibility anymore. I'd use newly ported Qt stuff along with new native bits anyway, since most of the old software is very outdated.

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