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Alexi_Alx_Anova
03-14-2005, 01:49 AM
You heard me right. It looks like M$ will be replacing all Windows XP 32-bit OSs with 64-bit versions for FREE http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=21760

Now aren't you doubly glad you have an Athlon 64 ?

Cess-SGTRoc
03-14-2005, 02:26 AM
Looks to me like they are working real hard to get the 64 bit version out to the users. It makes me think that they worred that some may go to another op system. But I do not know what that would be.

Well I won't complain if they do that is for sure.

gmot_ka
03-14-2005, 03:16 AM
Linux

PF_Coastie
03-14-2005, 03:48 AM
Just sounds like the second round of public beta to me.

hotspace
03-14-2005, 04:02 AM
Cool http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

Hot Space

hobnail
03-14-2005, 04:27 AM
Doesnt matter squat if there aren't apps or drivers to make use of it.

VW-IceFire
03-14-2005, 08:14 AM
Older news....free for a year I think. Then you have to buy it from them.

Platypus_1.JaVA
03-14-2005, 09:03 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Hobnail:
Doesnt matter squat if there aren't apps or drivers to make use of it. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>


That's hardly an excuse. You are getting something like this to be ready for the next step. Like 10 years ago, people would call you insane if you would've bought a 100Mb harddisk. "You are never going to fill that kind of space!"

Miki40
03-14-2005, 10:32 AM
Will Win32-bit games run on 64-bitWin OS ?

Fliegeroffizier
03-14-2005, 11:26 AM
Download OS=Free

Register with M$oft to make it all work=Pay

NetDaemon
03-14-2005, 11:40 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Miki40:
Will Win32-bit games run on 64-bitWin OS ? <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>


They do! Emulated though.

In fact, I got PF running flawlessly in WinXP x86-64 RC2 without having to do special tweaking, just all defaults.

It runs as fast as in WinXP 32bit, so no performance penalties from the WOW64 emulator, and even though ATI`s 64bit drivers are still beta, just like the OS.


On the other hand, x86-64 support in Linux is alot more mature and has been around ever since the launch of the AMD64 chips themselves.

So yeah, Linux ups Windows again http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Blackdog5555
03-14-2005, 02:59 PM
dont worry, M$ will be selling you plenty of 64 bit software titles... just what you need!

noshens
03-14-2005, 03:45 PM
you wanted to pay to be a beta tester?

Call_me_Kanno
03-14-2005, 03:51 PM
What's the advantage of 64-bit over 32-bit as far as flight games such as FB+PF or the up coming BoB?

Philipscdrw
03-14-2005, 04:25 PM
If Linux could be used without spending 20 hours a week tweaking or studying it, I would probably switch. Also if the stuff I use my PC for, like Il-2, other inconsequential games, email, forum software, internet, CAD and C++, would work better/at all on Linux. Right now, I prefer to spend 20 hours a week on assorted fora...

NetDaemon
03-14-2005, 04:57 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Philipscdrw:
If Linux could be used without spending 20 hours a week tweaking or studying it, I would probably switch. Also if the stuff I use my PC for, like Il-2, other inconsequential games, email, forum software, internet, CAD and C++, would work better/at all on Linux. Right now, I prefer to spend 20 hours a week on assorted fora... <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>


Well, right now Linux does all that you mentioned but the gaming part, but there`s this thing called Cedega which allows Windows games to be played in Linux in all their glory, I heard they are tweaking it for PF support, there`s even an screenshot at their site showing PF running in a Linux window from their beta.

As for the complexity, that`s in the past now. Most linux distros nowadays are focused on ease of use for the end user, take distro formerly known as Lindows(Linspire) for instance, it doesn`t get any easier than that.

I myself have been using the Fedora Core 3 x86-64 version for the last six months as my main desktop and other than gaming, I can do all I did in Windows and even more, and no crashes, BSODs and general bull**** from the OS.

Give it a try, you`ll like it.