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By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2003-04-22 Print this article Print

Almost all of the software that shipped with the version of SuSE we tested had been compiled for AMD64. Also included were a number of 32-bit libraries, which enabled us to run 32-bit applications on the system. Device drivers and kernel modules must be compiled for 64-bit to work with the 64-bit kernel. We could also compile 32-bit applications on the system by passing an argument to gcc, which compiles for 64-bit by default. To avoid conflicts between 32- and 64-bit libraries and link objects, SuSE stores them in separate directories. For example, a 32-bit library typically stored in /lib would have its 64-bit version stored in /lib64. In cases where 32- and 64-bit versions of the same software package are available, administrators must choose between the two, as the versions will conflict with each other.
SuSE Linux Enterprise Edition includes Version 3.1 of the KDE desktop environment and Version 2.2 of the GNOME desktop, along with SuSEs stable of very good YaST2-based system configuration utilities.
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