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