64bit Linux finally happened for me.
There were a few stumbling blocks, most of which involved the general hesitation I had with stepping away from so much software I was relying on. But now that I've seen how trivial recompiling is, and most especially because Macromedia Adobe Flash has an alpha out for Linux.
Yeah, an alpha. But I couldn't tell. Way back when, there were 32bit betas which were horrific.
Installing flash is just this easy:
smart install smart-channels-plf smart update smart install flash-player-plugin
"plf" stands for Penguin Liberation Front.
All in all, I've been able to get my necessary applications going. In fact, they were already compiled! It seems that the majority of the 32bit repository is being recompiled for 64bit.
While technically this is a separate amount of work, the last I had heard (which was a half a year ago, mind you) was that there was some automation helping out.. and one or more computers were crunching away doing this work. It's still a lot of developer hours to prepare, check, and otherwise work on each package.. so this is a really significant milestone not just for me but for Unity Linux.
So far I've noticed two of my hackish little programs which won't compile. I'm not in the mood to troubleshoot them at the moment.
I also have an odd issue with fonts. I want to get my vga font working again, but it's being grumpy. Hrmph.