[SATLUG] Upgrade time, with questions!
brad at shub-internet.org
Fri Feb 22 20:29:32 CST 2008
On 2/22/08, Bruce Dubbs wrote:
> Others may come up with some different reasons, but know why you want to
> change to a 64-bit OS before you do.
Here's a process you might want to consider:
1. List all possible programs you can think of that you want to run
2. Get a list of all of these programs which are known to
completely support 64-bit mode
3. Get a list of all of the remaining programs which are believed
will probably work fine in 64-bit mode and check their
respective forums, mailing lists, bug trackers, etc... to
see if they really do
4. For the ones that have some problems with 64-bit mode, find
out what work-arounds may be available, and if you can
live with them
5. For those programs which don't support 64-bit mode at all,
decide if there are any you can't live without
We've just recently had a very high profile multi-month delay in
$VeryBigProject at my employer, because the systems were originally
built in 64-bit mode (with a lot of work and much pain to figure out
which way you had to hold your tongue while hopping backwards on one
leg with a blindfold on and waving a dead rubber chicken and trying
to whistle Dixie in Tuvan throat-singing mode while rolling loaded
dice in the other hand), and they had thought they finally managed to
get everything to work. Then they ran into a show-stopper bug, and
the ultimate answer from the vendor was that this wasn't a supported
So, that guy left, tried to hand things off to another guy to take
all that work with all those various different programs and
re-install the OS with an older version (which is supported by the
vendor) in 32-bit mode (which is supported by the vendor), taking all
the appropriate pre-built binary packages from the officially
approved source, and now we're in the process of trying to rebuild
all the appropriate configuration files.
Talk about a Royal PITA.
The above is not necessarily going to be such a big issue for SoHo
users, but it is at least a factor that should be considered.
Brad Knowles <brad at shub-internet.org>
LinkedIn Profile: <http://tinyurl.com/y8kpxu>
More information about the SATLUG