R.I.P. 32-bit.

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 
Win16/32 mess)


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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