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    Old 06-26-04, 02:00 PM
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    Default Windows XP 64-Bit Edition

    In case you don't know, MS has the 64-bit edition of XP (beta) up on their site for free, its been there for a while. I decided to try it out with my Athlon 64 2800+, so I downloaded it and installed it, after a format. I installed all the drivers (chipset, video, audio), and I thought it was sort of slower then normal XP. I didn't do any benchmarks, but programs locked up a lot, and it just seemed overall slower. I wouldnt reccomend it for now, might be fun though, as a dual-boot. Right now I'm downloading Mandrake, I'm gonna do an XP and Mandrake dual boot.
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    Good luck with Mandrake. I tried installing Debian and failed miserably. I hear Mandrake is much easier.
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    I'm actually going with SUSE. Something wrong with Mandrake 10 and my CD-ROM drive, it boots from the CD, but then doesn't detect the CD when it goes to install. It's a common problem with LG drives, oh well, I heard SUSE is good too.
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    I'm actually going with SUSE. Something wrong with Mandrake 10 and my CD-ROM drive, it boots from the CD, but then doesn't detect the CD when it goes to install. It's a common problem with LG drives, oh well, I heard SUSE is good too.


    You might want to consider Slackware 10.0, as it was exactly what I wanted in a stable, very customizable Linux OS. I have been using slack for nearly 5 years now and it seems to always work. The idea behind Slack isn't being the fastest including the latest and greatest, it's about stability and smoothness, as everything just flows.

    I Have tried Slack, RH, mandrake, Gentoo, LFS, SuSE, and a couple more. With slack, you can't be afraid to get your hands dirty, meaning, actually RTFM and editing the actual config files, w/o a fluffy GUI to hold your hand.

    Didn't mean to write a novel, (well not really ) what ever you do, have fun with it. Albeit it can become really aggravating quite often, LOL, but you deal.
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    LOL, thanks for the advice. I actually got rid of SuSE, then installed Red Hat 9, which I used for a while, but I then got a new computer (a Shuttle XPC, review soon), and I haven't had the chance to try out Linux on that just yet. I'll be sure to give Slackware a try though, but editing config files and getting into the code is quite fun, IMO. Wow, I am a true geek .
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    I have two A64 systems, both with the beta WinXP 64bit OS.
    No problems here. Seems pretty fast.
    I did have to search for the lan and video drivers upon the first install.
    Once installed everything worked fine. I'm currently running a DC project called "FaD" without problems.
    I wouldn't recommend this OS as your main one, mainly due to the fact that it is beta and no support. However, as a back up OS and something to fool around with, I like it. I can't wait until MS and the hardware man. start supporting with 64bit apps and hardware.
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    Strange, must have been my computer that didn't like it too much. 64-bit is only going to provide a 5-10% performance increase, so it's not too big of a deal for me, but if I have a 64-bit processor when the final comes out, I'll obviously find a way to get it. I've switched systems to a Shuttle XPC 3GHz and my 15" Powerbook, so no 64-bit processors anymore.
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    I think your biggest problem was the L2 cache of your cpu. Mine has 1 meg cache, yours 512K.
    Look for 64 bit software and hardware near the end of this year. Slowly it will be released and we will see a switch again. Just like when we went from XT 8088 to AT 286 and so on.
    It will be interesting to see who gets the lions share of the market, Intel or AMD.
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