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Bill Moran wmoran at
Mon Jan 4 14:39:36 UTC 2010

In response to Mernoz Rostangi <MI007 at>:

> Hi,
> I would like to know if the FreeBSD 8.0 IA64 can be used on 32bit cpu also ?
> If yes, what is the difference between IA64 and x86 versions ?

IA64 is a completely different architecture than x86.  Think gasoline vs.
diesel.  x86 and IA64 are not compatible at all.

If you were talking about amd64, that's a different story.  Most newer
CPUs are amd64.  All amd64 CPUs can also run a 32bit x86 OS.  Some x86
32bit CPUs are also amd64 compat.

Bill Moran

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