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Add option to disable multilib in Anaconda. (Was: Multilib in FC7? Disable by default?)



On Sun, 2006-08-20 at 20:07 +0300, Gilboa Davara wrote:
> Hello all,
> 
> I've got a simple question that I'd like to table for discussion.
> Current -devel tree seems to suggest that FC6 multilib FC6 has almost
> doubled in size (from ~13% of the total package count in FC4/5 to ~24%
> in the current devel tree)
> On the other hand, FC6 is about to include native 64bit OO and gcj (with
> browser support) builds, lowering the need for the default i386 support,
> as only Wine/Extra actually -requires- multilib support to run.
> More-ever, I'd venture to guess that most x86_64 installation will most
> likely be used to run native 64bit services and application - mostly on
> servers and workstation - lowering the need for multilib even further.
> (You won't run 32bit flash on your brand new 32 cores server... let
> alone that fact that flash/win32codecs are not supported by Fedora.)
> 
> My question is simple: why not add an installation option to disable
> multilib support completely.
> 
> Mind you, I use my workstation to run 32bit software and games... but I
> rather disable multilib completely and create a small, specialized
> 'stupid' i386 chroot (no DE, no user-applications; only a basic set of
> i386  libraries and UI toolkits) and use it to run i386 applications in
> a confined space. (Xen/i386 might be an interesting option - though it
> won't be able to run hardware GL applications which I need... ;))
> 
> - Gilboa

Changed topic to better reflect the post itself...

Gilboa


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