[kde-solaris] KDE Solaris: status update
steleman at nyc.rr.com
Tue Nov 14 01:00:19 CET 2006
On Monday 13 November 2006 17:03, Lars. Tunkrans wrote:
> Stefan ,
> Why do we need 64 bit KDE on Solaris ?
> Does any of the Desktop stuff need more than 4 GB virtual memory
> in KDE 3.5 ?
> Does the 16 extra registers in opteron 64 bit mode make that big
> that its worth doing this transition now ?
Well, i agree with you that > 4GB VM doesn't appear to be a stringent
need right now. Maybe it will become a need in the future.
But, Sun's product development practices pretty much require the
availability of software in both 32- and 64- bit. A lot of this is
tradition (this is how Sun "does things"), and another lot of it is
simply Sun keeping up with the times, with the competition, and --
most importantly -- creating interest amongst developers. 64-bit KDE
has been available on Linux for a while now. Solaris can't leave
itself to fall behind on this bitness bragging right. It could very
well be that, for specialized varieties of highly technical
computing, 4GB VM for a workstation is just not enough any more,
especially considering that RAM has become so cheap these days.
The other aspect -- one that i am very interested in -- is the
possibility that, on UltraSPARC, userland software could be built and
delivered for different versions of UltraSPARC, depending on one's
available hardware. UltraSPARC-III (V9B) is significantly faster than
UltraSPARC-II (V9A). This option with building and delivering for
different UltraSPARC's depending on hardware is just a plan of mine
at this point, though. Let's get the basics done first. :-)
Stefan Teleman 'Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition'
steleman at nyc.rr.com -Monty Python
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