[haiku-development] Re: Feasibility of a 64-bit port?

  • From: Alexander von Gluck <kallisti5@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <haiku-development@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2009 11:11:48 -0500

> To familiarize myself some with the Haiku codebase, I'm looking at
> potentially developing a port for one of two platforms: either the ADI
> Blackfin DSP or the Intel Itanium. Since Itanium is a 64-bit platform,
> complex would it be to run Haiku on a 64-bit architecture? I'm assuming
> minimum quite a bit of code relies on things like specific datatype
> -Kira Scarlett

Just my personal opinion here, but the IA-64 was really never designed for
desktop use. Given IA-64 is normally reserved for HP-UX and intel 64-bit
server systems, and the last major IA-64 chipset release was back in in
2007 this would have a VERY tiny user base for all the work.  Maybe x86_64
would be a better choice as it has wide desktop usage?  I think the PowerPC
port would have a larger user base then an IA-64 port :)

Just me talking though.

Alexander von Gluck

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