i386 or AMD64?

Sean McNeil sean at mcneil.com
Tue Sep 28 14:25:35 PDT 2004

On Tue, 2004-09-28 at 12:47, Schnoopay wrote:
> I'm soon to be getting an Athlon64 and am debating whether to use the 
> i386 or AMD64 versions of FreeBSD. I've been running -CURRENT (well, now 
> RELENF_5) since 5.0 DP1 on my current system and don't mind the 
> occasional issues that come with doing so. I am curious however what 
> will and will not work in the AMD64 port. My main concerns are KDE, 
> Mozilla, oggenc and similar desktop apps. I know most ports I use are 
> known to be working, and I believe that Linux32 compatability is in a 
> testing phase currently, anything else I should know before making the 
> move? Is there a web page somewhere that lists what ports are known 
> working/not working on AMD64?

My main system is an amd64 running -current.  Everything works great:
gnome, kde, ogg encode/decode, etc.  Linux32 compatibility is working as
well.  I can even run java apps with Linux32.  The only thing lacking
for me is native java so I can have java support in the browser and get
eclipse going.  I've been playing with gcc/gcj attempting to get that
going, but so far no joy.

There might be a few additional ports that will not work under amd64,
but I personally use everything native amd64 (except java).


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