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I'm in the market for a new laptop. And now I've got my eye on the HP Presario R3140US laptop. What catches my eye is that for around $1500, I can get a laptop with a 64-bit processor.

But, there's not exactly a lot of operating systems that support 64-bit for the PC. There are evaluation versions of Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. But there are little, if any, 64-bit software that can run on them.

Then there's Linux. Several distributions support the AMD64: SUSE Linux 9.1, Fedora, and Gentoo, and some others. And as for software, all it takes would be to compile the software using 64-bit compilers. And it's also good timing now that Java has 64-bit support in the Java 1.5 release.

Links:
Best Web Links on 64-bit computing
An Introduction to 64-bit Computing and x86-64
Linux on 64 Bit Laptops and Notebooks
AMD64 - Wikipedia
The 64-bit Question
The 64-bit Question
x86-64.org
AMD64 Developer Resource Kit

Posted: 2004-06-02 22:12:15


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