WOWZER - you're being harsh. You see I agree with you 100% but I wouldn't be so bold as to say "it's stupid." Please people, throw away all those 64bit assumptions gathered from the windows linux camp. This is Mac OS Mach kernel. It's a whole different animal - pun intended.
This is not Windows. The 32bit kernel Darwin kernel is far more versatile in handling more than 4gbytes of RAM and running 64bit native apps. Windows microkernel cannot do this. Though both are mach hybrid kernel, the windows kernel handles memory like a monolithic linux kernel.
Sure Apple includes the ability to launch in 64bit mode but this it is not ready for primetime yet. It is specifically geared for a very limited hardware type and limited run. Overtime we will see the need to use the 64bit kernel but for no
I did not see any advantage by using it. I have played with it and I can tell you that 32bit is faster, it's more stable, and unless I could install 32 gbytes of RAM I doubt I would see any significant gains. There are major downsides to using 64bit. My system RAM is eaten up dramatically and applications seem to take up a tad bit more resources.
excellent info! thanks