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64-bit Snow Leopard defaults to 32-bit kernel.

Apple's updated OS ships with a number of 64-bit native applications, but Apple's kernel itself defaults to 32-bit, unless the user holds down the '6' and '4' keys during boot time.

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Is this supposed to be some kind of "drive-by" or something? Is this the best that can be offered? Guess a bit of reading is too much to ask of some folks...

"Stuart Harris, software product marketing manager at Apple Australia, [...] said that at this stage there were very few things, such as device drivers, that required 64-bit mode at the kernel level but the option is available."

Regardless, 64-bit apps run in *gasp* 64-bit mode.

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