[OS X TeX] PPC to Intel

Peter Dyballa Peter_Dyballa at Web.DE
Wed Jun 8 13:02:33 CEST 2005

Am 08.06.2005 um 03:17 schrieb Rodrigo Banuelos:

> ...and so the question, for those who know best, will the transition
> from PowerPC to Intel be painless, as far as TeX (and all the related 
> apps
> that we so cherish) is concerned?

Yes and No!

The No refers to Vanderpool, a hardware extension Intel is going to 
bring to us probably next year. It does make the CPU virtual, i.e. the 
applications get the feeling that they have their own 'private' CPU to 
which they are bound to. This too means that Vanderpool allows the use 
of more than one operating system at the same time -- no Soft or 
Virtual PC or Classic or VMware. Now imagine an OS independent TeX 
server -- applications send work to it, other applications fetch the 
server's work!

FAT binaries could be very lean ...



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