Starting the arch/powerpc merge

Paul Mackerras paulus at
Fri Oct 7 09:24:07 EST 2005

Giuliano Pochini writes:

> Out of curiosity, is there any advantage in using a 32 bits
> kernel on ppc64 over a 64 bits kernel ?  Speed ?  Complexity ?
> Compatibility ?  Memory ?

Not really.  The main thing in the past has been that DRI with 32-bit
X server and clients would work with a 32-bit kernel but not a 64-bit
kernel, but that's fixed now.  A 64-bit kernel is faster on most
lmbench tests.  I guess a 32-bit kernel might end up a little smaller,
but that's the only possible advantage I can think of.


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