[OS X TeX] PPC to Intel

Fernando Pereira fcnpereira at mac.com
Wed Jun 8 16:15:15 CEST 2005

On Jun 8, 2005, at 5:38 AM, Bruno Voisin wrote:

> That's only frontends, though, and that leaves of matter of the TeX  
> engines (TeX, pdfTeX, XeTeX, ...). On this I've no idea. It  
> depends, I imagine, on some sort of support of the new platform by  
> gcc.

gcc on Intel gets a lot more development effort than on PPC, since  
it's the compiler of choice for all open-source dvelopment on Linux  
and *BSD. So, if anything, gcc on the new Macs will be ahead of where  
gcc for PPC would be.

> Warning: I'm no developer, thus I may be completely wrong. And  
> there are issues that puzzle me: for example, the Pentium doesn't  
> support 64-bit code, right? What will happen, then, of applications  
> for which a lot of the recent development efforts went precisely  
> into supporting 64-bit addressing for the G5?

You can buy Intel Xeon CPUs with 64 bit support already. Most people  
I know prefer 64 bit CPUs from AMD at the moment (that's what I've  
been buying for my compute servers), but Intel is catching up fast.

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