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do any of the linuxes support sandy bridge yet?

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yes, they are x86 x64 architecture cpu's.
post #3 of 18
yes, but the graphics may still be a bit glitchy.
they are starting to build mobile sandy bridge laptops with linux, so it must be working itself out.
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Greetz
I know it can be confusing when there are so many distributions available but there is essentially only one Linux and it is the kernel. True it is constantly being updated to add new hardware support, and different distros provide kernels with different configurations, but the fact remains that if a piece of hardware works in one distro it can work in ALL distros. The choice just isn't that arcane or critical.

Plus, regarding hardware as fundamental as CPUs are, considering Linux high deployment on major servers (if you're reading this on some hop or many it is a safe bet you used Linux) and that Linux had multiple CPUs/Multi cores support long before Windows, you can always count on such fundamentals being well supported in Linux and often, first.

Accelerated Graphics by some companies and wifi adapters can still be a pita, but even that is improving and enough already are very well supported that choosing hardware that is compatible is easy..
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the linux kernel has had support for sandybridge even before it came out, intel is very good at giving the kernel developers what they need to add support for their new architectures.

on the other hand, the GCC might not be optimized for it yet, i don't even think it has been updated to support all the new features of nehalem yet .

but any of the distro's that are 64 bit are optimized for the x86_64 platform, its when you are in the 32 bit distro's, things get a little bit wonky, they are still optimized mostly for the i386, some do have "releases" that are optimized for the i486 and i586, but few do it for the current generation of the i686, there isn't really any point as most i686 cpu's are 64 bit capable, so they figure most will be using the x86_64 editions.
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Any cpu that supports i686 can run all the binary prior. So i686 can run i386, i486, i586, ect... binary naturally. Since the linux kernel is built to i686 specifications (that or i386) the SB could naturally run the code with out any tweaks or modifications. CPU's don't so much have drivers or support, they have different types of language/code. To make it much easier we now call it x86 architecture, shortened and you can guess why. x*86 would be more correct, but not really needed.

x86_64 was the standard for 64bit set by AMD, mainly because it was better than what Intel created themselves (I think?). Their is the IA64, which IS NOT compatable with AMD cpu's. Though I think Intel tries to make all it's cpu's x86_64 friendly.

Short story, x86 designed cpu's can now run anything in the *86 family, whether it's i386 to i686. It will be this way for every x86 designed cpu.
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honestly ive been kinda wondering a little on the subject of 32 vs 64 bit os when it comes to linux...

obviously 64 bit xp sucked balls, 64 vista was a tad better, and 64 win7 is pretty good, but i still run 32 xp because thats what programs run on...

is linux the same these days? is 32 still a good option if you dont want to fuss with 32 bit programs not working? or is it a good idea just to dive in and go full 64 bit
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honestly ive been kinda wondering a little on the subject of 32 vs 64 bit os when it comes to linux...

obviously 64 bit xp sucked balls, 64 vista was a tad better, and 64 win7 is pretty good, but i still run 32 xp because thats what programs run on...

is linux the same these days? is 32 still a good option if you dont want to fuss with 32 bit programs not working? or is it a good idea just to dive in and go full 64 bit
Linux doesn't have the problem of 32bit programs not being ported as most of the base programs are open source. That or the maintainer doesn't have to do very much work to get the code to compile for 64bit. There are ways you can do it that make just about any code designed for 32bit compile, some of them just have less optimization than others.
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pretty sure i dont want to compile all my programs from source

how is the package support for 32 vs 64?
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pretty sure i dont want to compile all my programs from source

how is the package support for 32 vs 64?
The same, if you didn't get the hint from what I just posted than I'll make it more clear. Almost every application you will run in linux is already ported to 64bit, few exceptions like Google Earth aren't. Any program that isn't you can still run just like Windows WOW, only linux natively runs the code and it's libs. Most distro's have full support for that. I know that was more than just 32bit vs 64bit but I'm trying to paint a more clear picture; There is no problem.
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