Using Adobe Flash and other 32-bit applications on 64-bit Linux
Posted by: Anonymous
on July 25, 2008 04:40 AM
The hoops you have to jump through are not the fault of 64 bit LINUX - it is the fault of closed source software vendors. 64 bit is and has been bullet proof for quite a while.
You have to jump through hoops becausre you're trying to force backwards compatibility on a system where one of the main design philosophies (of the kernel) is not to overburden itself with backwards compatability. While extensive backward compatability it is a "feature" in Windows, it is also a major problem, filling the system with spaghetti code and allowing for all kinds of sloppy code using undocumented and unsupported API calls making the need for backwards compatability a self fulfilling prophecy. I'm sure the Wine guys have all sorts of nightmares having to reproduce Windows "features", talk to some of them and see if long term backward compatability is a good idea.