13.0 32-Bit and 64-Bit Applications in a 64-Bit System Environment
openSUSE® is available for
64-bit platforms. This does not necessarily mean that all the applications
included have already been ported to 64-bit platforms. openSUSE
supports the use of 32-bit applications in a 64-bit system environment.
This chapter offers a brief overview of how this support is implemented on
64-bit openSUSE platforms. It explains how 32-bit applications are
executed (runtime support) and how 32-bit applications should be compiled
to enable them to run both in 32-bit and 64-bit system environments.
Additionally, find information about the kernel API and an explanation of
how 32-bit applications can run under a 64-bit kernel.
openSUSE for the
64-bit platforms amd64 and Intel 64 is designed so that existing
32-bit applications run in the 64-bit environment
out-of-the-box. This support means that you can continue to use your
preferred 32-bit applications without waiting for a corresponding 64-bit
port to become available.