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 tidux on Sun 5th May 2013 22:34 UTC in reply to "Multiarch support?"
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You'd think so, but no. Usually there was a hackjob "ia32-libs" package and a bunch of other kludges to make it work. This way there's none of that, you just dpkg --add-architecture i386 && apt-get update && apt-get install foo:i386. There's no library dependency collisions or anything because the libraries go in /usr/lib/$ARCH/ instead of /usr/lib/. It's very well done.

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RE[2]: Multiarch support?
by toast88 on Mon 6th May 2013 16:47 in reply to "RE: Multiarch support?"
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It goes further. Install the package "qemu-user-static" and you can actually run foreign architecture binaries through qemu.

That means, even if you decided to drop x86 in favor of ARM in the future, you will still be able to run binary-only x86 applications on ARM as if they were running on native hardware.

It's as seemless as Rosetta on MacOS, but it supports all architectures Debian supports.


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