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    SubjectRe: [PATCH 00/36] AArch64 Linux kernel port
    * Jon Masters ( wrote:
    > On 07/07/2012 03:27 PM, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
    > > On Saturday 07 July 2012, Olof Johansson wrote:
    > >
    > >>> ARM introduced AArch64 as part of the ARMv8 architecture
    > >>
    > >> With the risk of bikeshedding here, but I find the name awkward. How
    > >> about just naming the arch port arm64 instead? It's considerably more
    > >> descriptive in the context of the kernel. For reference, we didn't
    > >> name ppc64, nor powerpc, after what the IBM/ marketing people
    > >> were currently calling the architecture at the time either.
    > >
    > > I agree the name sucks, and I'd much prefer to just call it arm64
    > > as well. The main advantage of the aarch64 name is that it's the
    > > same as the identifier in the elf triplet, and it makes sense to
    > > keep the same name for all places where we need to identify the
    > > architecture. This also includes the rpm and dpkg architecture names,
    > > and the string returned by the uname syscall. If everything else
    > > is aarch64, we should use that in the kernel directory too, but
    > > if everyone calls it arm64 anyway, we should probably use that name
    > > for as many things as possible.
    > FWIW I actually really like the aarch64 name (but you know that already
    > :) ). I think it clearly spells out that this is not just a 64-bit
    > extension to the existing 32-bit ARM Architecture, it is a new (inspired
    > by ARM) architecture. Implementations will also run in AArch32 state
    > (A32 and T32), but it's not like x86->x86_64.

    It's one advantage is that it won't trigger the infinite number
    of broken scripts out there that do something on arm*

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