[SATLUG] Upgrade time, with questions!

Brad Knowles 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>
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