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64bit vs 32bit

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libervisco's picture
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I finally got this new machine up and running. It's a Core 2 Duo E6320 (1.86 Ghz, 4MB cache), 1GB memory, Gigabyte 965P DS3 mobo (Intel P965 chipset) and a Radeon X800 GTO card (also currently the noisiest darn thing in the box)..

I'm currently running a 32bit sidux on it, the one which was already installed on the disk (which I just moved from the old box to the new one). Even without an smp kernel to take advantage of the second core and even though it's 32bit software it's running incredibly fast, for sure much faster than my old comp. I'm even trying beryl and it's almost perfect with the only exception of slightly sluggish scrolling in firefox, xchat and other programs I use in full screen. This happened on an old machine too, but it's much much less problematic here. Aside from that, beryl on this computer is ready for production use. Smiling

Anyway.. now my question is regarding the idea of running 64bit version of GNU/Linux on the desktop. Guys in the sidux community have recommended not to go for 64bit on the desktop because there are some issues (especially with multimedia) and that the speed increase is barely felt.

So what do you think? What is your preference and what do you run if you have a 64bit machine?

Thanks

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Which issues ? Have these

Which issues ? Have these people actually used 64bit recently ?

As you know, I have been using an amd64 system for about 16 months now and I can tell you the issues there once were have disappeareed. "The issues" I can recall were all related proprietary software or openoffice.org; OOo has been fixed, the win32codecs are obsolete with the newest ffmpeg library which has support for the newest bit assorments from redmond. The flash plugin problem, if one wants to use that blob, is easily fixed with nspluginwrapper, which is in sid along with a lot of 32 bit libraries nowadays.

So, yes, an inexperienced user may be confused by the need to differ between architectures when downloading something, but actual problems, not really

summary: no proprietary software (enough for non-RealOne multimedia) + some common sense (knowing that i386 != amd64 in downloads) => no problem
proprietary software + some extra packages => few problems

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