Debian x86-64 Go For Launch



LWN carries the news from debian-devel-announce:

We are proud to announce the Debian AMD64 port is ready for inclusion in Sid. The port is currently at 97% compiled with most of the remaining packages having FTBFS RC bugs filed for unrelated reasons. We have also finished debian-installer for the AMD64 port and generate daily builds. All that still remains to be done is for dpkg to include the amd64 patch, for archive space be given to the port, and for an official buildd to be setup.

Excellent work guys.  I know how fast a well-tweaked Debian system can be, and the thought of running Debian on AMD64 is quite exciting.  AMD64 gear is still a little too expensive, but I’ve seen several sub-$700 desktop systems with AMD64 inside.  Getting closer…