Reason for Win64 instead of Win32 [Was: Re: [fpc-pascal] windows 32bit cross to 64 ?]

Sven Barth pascaldragon at
Tue Aug 17 10:54:20 CEST 2010

Am 17.08.2010 10:14, schrieb Florian Klaempfl:
> Am 17.08.2010 10:11, schrieb Sven Barth:
>> Am 17.08.2010 10:03, schrieb Marco van de Voort:
>>> In our previous episode, Sven Barth said:
>>>> Does anyone know the reason why 64-bit Windows was added as win64
>>>> instead of (x86_64-)win32? With Linux it was done the ${platform}-linux
>>>> way as well.
>>> It's afaik microsofts own designation.
>> If that's the only reason then that sounds a bit lame in my opinion...
>> but what's done is done.
> Why? It would only cause confuse to name it different than it is
> officially called.

Because I consider Win32 and Win64 as one type of operating system. One 
"OS target". Just as Linux is one operating system for all those 
available platforms.

Maybe it would have been better to name the target "windows" instead of 
"win32" and "win64" from the beginning so there would be no confusion 
regarding this...

But that's just my opinion ^^


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