Progress with usability of AMD64

Roland Smith rsmith at
Wed Nov 14 09:12:34 PST 2007

On Wed, Nov 14, 2007 at 01:59:03PM +1100, Andrew Reilly wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 28, 2007 at 11:24:41PM +0400, Dmitry Morozovsky wrote:
> > On Fri, 28 Sep 2007, Vivek Khera wrote:
> > VK> My list of software is purely server stuff; I
> > VK> don't use any FreeBSD desktops.
> > 
> > It seems to be the key point here.
> > 
> > I'm thinking about giving a try for the following scheme for my development 
> > desktop at work:
> > 
> > amd64 machine with servers' ports built inside (postgresql-server,
> > apache, etc) with i386 jail with desktop applications (xorg,
> > firefox/nspluginwrappers, MUA, you name it...)
> > 
> > ENOTIME so far...
> Utility is definitely a personal variable.  I run a FreeBSD-6-stable
> workstation at AMD64 and am more or less happy with it,

My workstation runs amd64 7.0-BETA2. I'm very happy with it.

> but I also have
> a MacOS laptop, which I can fall back to for anything that falls out of
> the FreeBSD-amd64 capability bucket, like watching the google
> Android videos on youtube,

There's youtube-dl in ports for downloading youtube videos. You can them
watch them with your favorite media player.

> Certainly xorg, firefox (and epiphany, which I prefer) and MUA
> (thunderbird, evolution, mutt, claws-mail(my pref.)) all work
> happily in amd64 mode.

The only desktop related things that one hears a lot about are the Flash
plugin, and the NVidia binary driver. For me those are things that I can
happily live without. I certainly don't miss the annoying Flash ads on
the Web!

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