On Sat, Aug 19, 2006 at 05:19:40AM -0400, Tim Peters wrote:
Reasonable enough, but I suspect that Thomas' suggestion might save us from raising false hopes. I'd suggest that the final release announcement point out that this is the first release containing specific support for 64-bit architectures (if indeed it is)
[Martin v. L?wis]
It isn't. Python ran on 64-bit Alpha for nearly a decade now (I guess), and was released for Win64 throughout Python 2.4. ActiveState has been releasing an AMD64 package for some time now.
Python has also been used on 64-bit Crays, and I actually did the first 64-bit port in 1993 (to a KSR Unix machine -- took less than a day to get it running fine! Guido's an excellent C coder.). Win64 is the first (and probably only forever more) where sizeof(long) < sizeof(void*), and that caused some Win64-unique pain, and may cause more.
BTW, at least two of the people at the NFS sprint earlier this year were compiling and running Python on Win64 laptops. It's "solid enough", and surely nobody expects that Win64 users expect 100% perfection of anything they run <0.5 wink>.
It has always "just worked" for me on Opterons + Debian. Python 2.4 (#1, May 31 2005, 10:19:45) [GCC 3.3.5 (Debian 1:3.3.5-12)] on linux2 Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
import sys sys.maxint
Thanks to the Alphas for making AMD64 on *nix a no-brainer,