Debian Works Towards ARMv8 AArch64 Support

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2012-Jul-11 | Tags: 64bitdebian

Linux on ARMDebian developers are working towards an official armhf image for the Wheezy release and they're also gearing up for official 64-bit ARMv8 / AArch64 support in the "Wheezy + 1" release.

On Tuesday of this year's DebConf in Nicaragua there were two sessions concerning the ARM architecture support within the Debian world. Both sessions were led by Steve McIntyre, the former Debian Project Leader and is currently employed by ARM Holdings out of Cambridge.

The first talk concerning Debian ARM just went over the different ports: the Debian "armel" version that was introduced in Debian Lenny with a soft-float EABI and v4t target and the armhf version that will be first introduced with Debian Wheezy as an ARMv7 target with hard floating-point support. ARMv7 with hardware floating-point support is the new standard for Linux ARM distributions and has already been the default in Ubuntu Linux for months. As earlier Phoronix benchmarks have shown, ARM hardfp support can cause noticeable performance gains for many different workloads.


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