On Monday 26 July 2004 20:41, jam man wrote:
> --- Björn_Lindström <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> > Wojciech Puchar <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> > >> Does Gentoo or FreeBSD have better support for
> >
> > the
> >
> > >> AMD64 architecture at this point?
> > >
> > > what is gentoo?
> > >
> > > is it some new OS or linux distro?
> >
> > It's a Linux distribution, so I assume the question
> > was meant to be:
> >
> > "Does Linux or FreeBSD for the AMD64 architecture at
> > this point?"
> It doesn't really matter...yes gentoo is a linux
> distro. and its the only linux distro I would consider
> with the AMD64 architecture. I was looking to see if
> anyone here has used (or has knowledge of) both AMD64
> OSes' support and functionality for x86-64
> applications.

As a matter of fact, I just got Gentoo up and running next to my Windows 
partition on my AMD64. There isn't much difference between the two. At least, 
when building everything from scratch. I got no experience with packages or 
anything. Gentoo is just a tad harder to get up and running then FreeBSD is, 
but shouldn't be too much of a problem if you follow the documentation 
provided at Gentoo's site. 

One interesting point for desktop users is that Gentoo automatically compiles 
X.org as a dependency of KDE rather then XFree86. And I must say, my TFT is 
quite sharper then it was with XFree86. Further some minor things are added 
to the standard KDE setup, but they aren't worth mentioning. One thing I am 
missing is that you have an overview of what you can compile into KDE. Gentoo 
just compiles the base KDE with a few extras and further you'll have to 
continue to compile the other KDE things from the portage (same thing as the 

But, on-topic, it's still a matter of preferences and what you're experienced 
with. There are no complete new features or anything. It's still just FreeBSD 
or Gentoo, but the OS just talks 64-bit rather then 32-bit. As for the main 
question, Gentoo or Mandrake or whatever distribution is all the same when 
looking at AMD64 support and performance, as long as you're using the same 


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