On 10-10-2008 04:21:23 +0200, Marius Mauch wrote: > > >> amd64-linux > > >> x64-openbsd > > >> x64-solaris > > > > > > Is there a special reason why you're using "x64" instead of "amd64" > > > in those cases? (IMO x64 is the most stupid name for the x86_64 > > > architecture) > > > > AFAIK, that's not amd64/x86_64, but rather ia64, aka itanic aka > > itanium. At least, that's how I'd interpret them since I've seen that > > abbreviation made before, particularly since there's already amd64 in > > context. > > No, x64 is the marketing name Microsoft made up for x86_64 (aka amd64, > ia32e and Intel 64), as "Windows for x86_64" doesn't sound that sexy, > and was later adopted by Sun and others. > ia64/Itanium doesn't have any other alias names AFAIK.
We simply found that: - amd64 is misleading - em64t would be more to the point for some? - x64 is what the vendors (Apple, Sun) advertise themselves - amd64 doesn't make any sense for a Mac - x64 is more like x86, whereas the complement of amd64 would more be i386 or ia32, but we wanted to avoid x86_64, x8664, so x64 - we were changing keywords anyway -- Fabian Groffen Gentoo on a different level