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Re: Changing the default 32-bit x86 arch for Fedora 12



On Wed, 2009-06-17 at 02:45 +0200, Kevin Kofler wrote:
> Jeremy Sanders wrote:
> > Why not leave it be and suggest people move to the less brain dead x86-64
> > instead? Innovation and legacy support.
> 
> Crazy suggestion: What if we make 32-bit x86 a secondary arch and keep only
> x86_64 as primary? ;-)
> 
> Of course, that'd be pretty radical and it's likely too early to do that.
> (For example, I'm typing this on a 32-bit-only machine (old Pentium IV from
> before EM64T).) It'd also most likely mean to drop multilibs from the
> x86_64 repo by default (because the 32-bit stuff would be built as a
> secondary arch only). But still, it's food for thought, and I'm pretty sure
> there will be a point in time where we'll want to do that, considering that
> basically all new non-netbook x86 hardware is x86_64.
> 
>         Kevin Kofler
> 

Even though I require i386 multi-libs (Mostly Linux games), I second the
above.
IMHO, multi-lib can (should?) be replaced by better chroot
build/management tools. (Read: sticking all the i386 junk in a skeleton
i386 chroot)

- Gilboa



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