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Penguinating The Beast: Linux and the AMD 64

Playing around this weekend, I was poking and prodding around for an version of for the beast built this week. While I'm downloading (), I'm poking around. I've seen AMD64's running Linux, but never had my own. There's some interesting resources out there, and this is a way for me to document things for myself and others who might be interested. After all, I'm only about 2 years behind the AMD64 curve (and still not running a top of the line chip because I can't get it locally off the shelf), which means I've passed through 1.333 evolutions of . I missed out on the bleeding edge, finally, but nowadays I just want something that works for work.

PCBurn has a page on AMD 64 Linux Support Guide, which did not lead me to Ubuntu. It's got the usual suspects there, from Slamd64 (Slackware) to Mandriva's 64 bit release and plenty more. I used to use Mandrake (now Mandriva), but have become more interested in Ubuntu - and since Ubuntu wasn't represented on the list, I went and checked. Ubuntu didn't disappoint; the download continues.

A basic guide to AMD64 Linux, biased to Gentoo, is available here. I don't know how good it is yet, but it looks like a decent reference that's balanced and relatively fresh (January 27th of this year).

The Gentoo Linux AMD64 Handbook looks pretty well written.

March 25th, 2006 @ 11:35PM

Thank for the heads up
Thanks for the heads up on missing Ubuntu in the PCBurn guide. The oversite is now fixed. The last time I edited it 5.10 was just coming out and I intentionally left it out with the expectation we'd be reviewing it and I could better fill in an entry then.

Unfortunately, that review got postponed a little to long in favor of finishing up the new office and I accidentaly dropped the ball and forgot to add Ubuntu onto the information on the page.

I ran into many more issues with the x86_64 release of 5.10 than the x86 release. It just didn't feel polished enough for everything I do. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts once you've got it up and running :).
Posted By: Chris Bergeron on March 27th, 2006 @ 3:50PM
Cool, I'll update with more...
For the record, the original post is here.
Posted By: Taran Rampersad on March 27th, 2006 @ 6:18PM
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