Why would anyone use a 32-bit OS in 2012?
Posted in Databases on Oct 24, 2012
I’ve been browsing some mailing lists and so on (it doesn’t matter which ones) and came across the Great 32-Bit Debate afresh. The debate always starts with someone saying “I need 32-bit support” or “this doesn’t work on 32-bit systems,” and someone else raising an objection to that, saying that nobody uses 32-bit systems anymore and anyone who does is doing something wrong.
Why would anyone use a 32-bit OS in the year 2012? I can think of a few very good reasons.
How is this relevant to MySQL? For a while some of the MySQL forks weren’t available for 32-bit systems. It reminded me that a surprising number of people will use a product in edge-case ways, and failing to serve minorities ends up excluding the majority.