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Re: Promoting i386 version over x86_64?



On Wed, 2009-11-18 at 19:47 -0600, King InuYasha wrote:
> Netbooks are entirely 32-bit currently, and a majority of low end
> desktops are still 32-bit only. 

I don't think your second assertion is true. I'm not aware of any
currently-sold desktop processor, no matter how low end, which is not
x86-64 capable. The very cheapest processor you can buy from my friendly
local dealer is a 'Celeron 430', which is x86-64 capable. The last
processor Intel released which was not x86-64 capable, so far as I can
figure out, was the Celeron D 310, released December 2005. The last
non-x86-64-capable chip AMD released was the 'Paris' Sempron family,
which came in July 2004. The subsequent 'Palermo' Sempron family,
released February 2005, had x86-64 support.

If you're talking about already-existing systems rather than newly sold
ones, there's more of a case there, but even so we've been in a
64-bit-capable world aside from netbook Atom CPUs for over four years
now.

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