Reply to post: Re: "one with 32-bit support and another without"

Linux will soon offer switchable x86-32 binary support

Binraider Silver badge

Re: "one with 32-bit support and another without"

The Kernel isn't *that* big a deal with respect to 32-bit support. The enormous raft of libraries you will have in duplicate for -32 and -64 are more of a headache; and all the maintenance that generates.

But as the original post noted there are loads of legacy applications that people most definitely still want to run that aren't likely to be re-compiled.

I actually wonder if there is a sensible decision to be made here about having two lines of development go off their separate directions; one, a thoroughly modern and current system deliberately free of legacy cruft; the other, one with the compatibility features. Of course, we already know which would be the most popular by a large margin; which is why this won't happen.

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