64-bit binary distribution of ActiveTcl

Posted by rpremuz on 2007-04-04 05:02


ActiveState's download page does not offer 64-bit binary distribution of ActiveTcl for 64-bit MS Windows (XP Professional x64 and Server 2003 x64 that can be installed on systems with Intel 64 or AMD64 processor architectures).

Jeff Hobbs said on the comp.lang.tcl group that the 64-bit binaries are included in ActiveTcl Enterprise Edition.
Why are they not available in the free distribution?

-- rpr. /Robert Premuž/

ActiveState Staff
Wed, 2007-04-04 09:42

Hi Robert,

ActiveTcl 64-bit editions are currently only available via the Enterprise Editions because of the higher maintenance requirements of the 64-bit ports.



rpremuz | Sun, 2008-03-16 18:35

After release of ActiveTcl and ActiveTcl in February 2008 the binary distributions for 64-bit Windows are still not available for free download.

So I guess that ActiveState's recommendation is to run 32-bit Tcl binaries on 64-bit Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. Am I right?

-- rpr. /Robert Premuž/

aschlotmann | Fri, 2009-09-25 06:22

Almost 2 1/2 years after the first posting I would like to ask the question about ActiveTcl for 64-bit Windows again.
I see a growing demand for this version.
If it not possible not run a Tcl script on this platfom it makes Tcl look like a legacy language.

Is it on the roadmap to offer a free ActiveTcl distribution for Windows x64?


aschlotmann | Tue, 2010-02-02 07:50

Now it is 2010 and there ist still no free ActiveTcl for 64-bit Windows.
I guess about 2/3 of new PCs will use a 64-bit OS.
So it becomes more and more important to have a 64-bit ActiveTcl.

Regarding the "higher maintenance requirements":
People using the free ActiveTcl are free guinea pigs.
They find (and sometimes solve) problems that may also hit users of the Enterprise Editions.
This means you may find the bugs faster but I do not think that fixing the problems gets harder.

Best regards