Adam L Beberg
beberg at mithral.com
Thu Aug 14 20:05:49 PDT 2003
So, somewhere between Sept 21st and 30th AMD will be launching the
Athlon 64, the desktop side (vs Opteron) of the AMD64 line. Should be
widely available a month later.
Apple/IBM is shipping piles of G5/970 any day now.
And Intel has Itanium 2 - however they have no sign of a desktop (read:
affordable) version in their 2003 roadmap.
Linux is operational on the 970 and AMD64 end.
OS X is as well, but not released yet.
Microsoft has promised Win64 by 2005 (finally a REAL end to the
Of course the real lesson here is... UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES BUY A
COMPUTER IN THE NEXT 3 MONTHS... and wait 6 months for the chips,
boards, and drivers to all get debugged/optimized and made v2.0. Buying
v1.0 hardware is stupid++.
Here in the "real world" we've been hacking around the 32bit limit for
a long time now (servers all went 64bit 10 forkin years ago, so you can
imagine the frustration level), so expect applications to move to
64bit-only very very quickly.
32 is dead, long live 64! 64 in '04! IPv6 in 2606!
- Adam L. Beberg - beberg at mithral.com
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