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Old 07-13-2010, 05:19 AM
"H.S."
 
Default thinking of installing amd64 Debian: what is its current state?

I am thinking of reinstalling my Debian system with Testing for amd64
architecture. Currently I have 32 bit Debian installed on my AMD 64 bit
AM3 socket motherboard.

I understand that I just have to reinstall my system with the correct
architecture install media. My /home is on a separate partition so I
supposed I do not need to touch it. Correct?

What packages would cause me trouble in 64 bit Debian? I do not use
acroread and flash player can work with ndiswrapper. Other than these
two, are there any other packages that won't run on this arch
installation? Is there a wiki which keep track of these things regarding
the 64 bit version?

Thanks.


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Old 07-13-2010, 06:50 AM
Johann Spies
 
Default thinking of installing amd64 Debian: what is its current state?

On Tue, Jul 13, 2010 at 01:19:34AM -0400, H.S. wrote:
>
> I understand that I just have to reinstall my system with the correct
> architecture install media. My /home is on a separate partition so I
> supposed I do not need to touch it. Correct?

Yes, but remember to select manual partitioning when you install to
prevent the installation process to overwritek your home partition. And
make a full backup of that partition first in case something goes wrong.

> What packages would cause me trouble in 64 bit Debian?

I have been using 64-bit Debian and Ubuntu systems for a long time and
the only thing I cannot do is using my scanner for which there is no
opensource driver and only a 32-bit linux driver. I have solved this
problem by running a 32-bit system in VirtualBoX so whenever I want to
scan, I do it from the 32-bit guest.

Regards
Johann

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Old 07-13-2010, 12:42 PM
Aaron Toponce
 
Default thinking of installing amd64 Debian: what is its current state?

On 07/12/2010 11:19 PM, H.S. wrote:
> I am thinking of reinstalling my Debian system with Testing for amd64
> architecture. Currently I have 32 bit Debian installed on my AMD 64 bit
> AM3 socket motherboard.
>
> I understand that I just have to reinstall my system with the correct
> architecture install media. My /home is on a separate partition so I
> supposed I do not need to touch it. Correct?
>
> What packages would cause me trouble in 64 bit Debian? I do not use
> acroread and flash player can work with ndiswrapper. Other than these
> two, are there any other packages that won't run on this arch
> installation? Is there a wiki which keep track of these things regarding
> the 64 bit version?

I've been running 64-bit for 3 years now, and I have not had a single
issue with anything. Then again, I don't use much proprietary apps. I
only use the flash plugin, which I get directly from Adobe. I don't use
Skype, Acrobat, or other proprietary apps, of which there are no 64-bit
versions available. I've heard that if you want to keep using these
apps, there are a few headaches waiting for you in the 64-bit world.
Other than that, you should be fine.

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Old 07-13-2010, 05:26 PM
Bob McGowan
 
Default thinking of installing amd64 Debian: what is its current state?

On 07/12/2010 10:19 PM, H.S. wrote:
> I am thinking of reinstalling my Debian system with Testing for amd64
> architecture. Currently I have 32 bit Debian installed on my AMD 64 bit
> AM3 socket motherboard.
>
> I understand that I just have to reinstall my system with the correct
> architecture install media. My /home is on a separate partition so I
> supposed I do not need to touch it. Correct?
>
> What packages would cause me trouble in 64 bit Debian? I do not use
> acroread and flash player can work with ndiswrapper. Other than these
> two, are there any other packages that won't run on this arch
> installation? Is there a wiki which keep track of these things regarding
> the 64 bit version?
>
> Thanks.

As others have said, I too am using 64 bit Debian on an AMD system and
have had no issues with software.

For at least some 32 bit software, you can install 32 bit libraries
which will allow you to run them directly.

My system is not with me, so I can't give you the exact package name,
but I think if you search for "32 bit support on 64 bit system", or
something similar, you should find what is needed.

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Old 07-13-2010, 05:39 PM
Jordan Metzmeier
 
Default thinking of installing amd64 Debian: what is its current state?

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On 07/13/2010 01:19 AM, H.S. wrote:
> What packages would cause me trouble in 64 bit Debian? I do not use
> acroread and flash player can work with ndiswrapper. Other than these
> two, are there any other packages that won't run on this arch
> installation? Is there a wiki which keep track of these things regarding
> the 64 bit version?
>
> Thanks.
>
>

Perhaps the debian QA weather page[1]?


[1] http://edos.debian.net/weather/

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Old 07-13-2010, 06:46 PM
Aaron Toponce
 
Default thinking of installing amd64 Debian: what is its current state?

On 07/13/2010 11:39 AM, Jordan Metzmeier wrote:
> Perhaps the debian QA weather page[1]?
>
> [1] http://edos.debian.net/weather/

Awesome. Simply, awesome.

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Old 07-13-2010, 07:05 PM
"H.S."
 
Default thinking of installing amd64 Debian: what is its current state?

On 10-07-13 01:39 PM, Jordan Metzmeier wrote:

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On 07/13/2010 01:19 AM, H.S. wrote:

What packages would cause me trouble in 64 bit Debian? I do not use
acroread and flash player can work with ndiswrapper. Other than these
two, are there any other packages that won't run on this arch
installation? Is there a wiki which keep track of these things regarding
the 64 bit version?

Thanks.




Perhaps the debian QA weather page[1]?


[1] http://edos.debian.net/weather/



Wonderful!

Thank you for the link,
Sincerely.







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Old 07-13-2010, 09:59 PM
"H.S."
 
Default thinking of installing amd64 Debian: what is its current state?

On 13/07/10 01:19 AM, H.S. wrote:
> I am thinking of reinstalling my Debian system with Testing for amd64
> architecture. Currently I have 32 bit Debian installed on my AMD 64 bit
> AM3 socket motherboard.
>
> I understand that I just have to reinstall my system with the correct
> architecture install media. My /home is on a separate partition so I
> supposed I do not need to touch it. Correct?
>
> What packages would cause me trouble in 64 bit Debian? I do not use
> acroread and flash player can work with ndiswrapper. Other than these
> two, are there any other packages that won't run on this arch
> installation? Is there a wiki which keep track of these things regarding
> the 64 bit version?
>
> Thanks.
>
>

After I installed amd64 Testing, I noticed that I was hearing clicks
after every several seconds on my speakers (as if an electronic switch
was toggling), once on the left and then on the right. I then installed
pulseaudio (and its related packages) and also flash plugin (by
following the painless method given here:
http://wiki.debian.org/FlashPlayer#DebianTesting.27Squeeze.27amd64
), created a file ~/.asoundrc (and a /etc/asound.conf file) with the
following contents:
#-----------------------------------------
pcm.pulse {
type pulse
}

ctl.pulse {
type pulse
}

pcm.!default {
type pulse
}

ctl.!default {
type pulse
}
#-----------------------------------------

rebooted and the clicks were gone, pulseaudio was working as it should
and flashplayer was also chugging along nicely.

Haven't tried skype yet, the other application that I use now and then
that will need a hack to run in 64 bit enviroment (I am trying to
convert all my contact to use ekiga).

Regards.

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