WELL, IT looks like 64-bit computing is starting to catch on over in the Windows camp with 64-bit version of Windows Vista picking up steam. The problem that's annoying the sh!t out of everyone is the super slooow release of a 64-bit Flash player from Macromedia (er Adobe). Looks like peeps have to use 32-bit Internet Explorer on 64-bit Vista whenever they're surfing pages with Flash content. That sucks!! I urge you folks to peek this very interesting Tech forum over at ZDNet.
So, have any of you gravitated to 64-bit computing yet? You do know you can get 64-bit versions of Linux and FreeBSD for free, right? :-)
Apple bytes into 64-bit computing...
Thank goodness the current version of Mac OS/X (aka Leopard) is fully 64-bit. And why shouldn't it be? After all, it's based on the rock solid BSD Unix and Mach architecture that's legendary in research circles. Anyhow, I'm more interested in 64-bit open source server products like MySQL, PostgreSQL, FirebirdSQL, TrixBox, Exim, Postfix et al. Since you have more addressing memory in a 64-bit operating system, programmers have the ability to create some truly POWERFUL software applications that will usher in a new era of computing. Apps dealing with encryption, sound, graphics, video, or querying large data sets will fly through the roof. This is the exciting part. Here's the kind of power Mac OS/X programmers are gonna have when developing native 64-bit apps using xcode 3.0:
- 64-bit addressing of up to 16 exabytes of virtual memory and 4 terabytes of physical memory
- Full 64-bit arithmetic
- 64-bit development tools
- 64-bit performance monitoring tools
- Seamless deployment
- LP64 data model
- Common source base support