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NewsForge: 32-bit Browsing in a 64-bit System

May 18, 2006, 12:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nathan Willis)

"The problem: you've taken the trouble to hand-build your finely tuned 64-bit computer, and you've installed your favorite 64-bit flavor of Linux--but the cretins who run the World Wide Web are still putting up content viewable only on 32-bit Intel-compatible Web browsers, either designed for their in-house plugins that they supply only as 32-bit binaries, or in compressed media formats for which players are available only as 32-bit binaries. What are your options?

"The easiest thing to do is to install a 32-bit browser inside a 'chroot jail'--a minimalistic 32-bit system, including just the browser and the support libraries it needs to run (in this case, including specifically the 32-bit plugins and codecs), isolated from the rest of the system in a directory sealed off via the chroot command..."

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