More of the same?

2012-11-28

x32 isn’t x86

Filed under: Hardware, Linux, Software — _ds_ @ 17:41

There’s a shiny new possibly-to-be-in-Debian architecture named x32. This is, basically, amd64 (x86_64) with a 32-bit address space and 32-bit long integers.

Unfortunately, people have been referring to i386 (x86) as x32, presumably influenced by a certain monopolistic company calling amd64 ‘x64’ – I’ve seen search results including “Ubuntu 10.04 x32”. If x32 gains significant traction (looks like it could be gaining that now) and gets into Debian proper, and subsequently also derivatives such as Ubuntu, then this is going to be a little bit interesting…

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