[Half OT]Re: AMD64 support: FreeBSD v.s. Gentoo
jorn at wcborstel.nl
Mon Jul 26 14:05:49 PDT 2004
On Monday 26 July 2004 20:41, jam man wrote:
> --- Björn_Lindström <bkhl at elektrubadur.se> wrote:
> > Wojciech Puchar <wojtek at tensor.3miasto.net> writes:
> > >> Does Gentoo or FreeBSD have better support for
> > the
> > >> AMD64 architecture at this point?
> > >
> > > what is gentoo?
> > >
> > > is it some new OS or linux distro?
> > It's a Linux distribution, so I assume the question
> > was meant to be:
> > "Does Linux or FreeBSD for the AMD64 architecture at
> > this point?"
> It doesn't really matter...yes gentoo is a linux
> distro. and its the only linux distro I would consider
> with the AMD64 architecture. I was looking to see if
> anyone here has used (or has knowledge of) both AMD64
> OSes' support and functionality for x86-64
As a matter of fact, I just got Gentoo up and running next to my Windows
partition on my AMD64. There isn't much difference between the two. At least,
when building everything from scratch. I got no experience with packages or
anything. Gentoo is just a tad harder to get up and running then FreeBSD is,
but shouldn't be too much of a problem if you follow the documentation
provided at Gentoo's site.
One interesting point for desktop users is that Gentoo automatically compiles
X.org as a dependency of KDE rather then XFree86. And I must say, my TFT is
quite sharper then it was with XFree86. Further some minor things are added
to the standard KDE setup, but they aren't worth mentioning. One thing I am
missing is that you have an overview of what you can compile into KDE. Gentoo
just compiles the base KDE with a few extras and further you'll have to
continue to compile the other KDE things from the portage (same thing as the
But, on-topic, it's still a matter of preferences and what you're experienced
with. There are no complete new features or anything. It's still just FreeBSD
or Gentoo, but the OS just talks 64-bit rather then 32-bit. As for the main
question, Gentoo or Mandrake or whatever distribution is all the same when
looking at AMD64 support and performance, as long as you're using the same
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