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Athunye
September 26th, 2010, 11:57 AM
In the download page http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/download it says: "64-bit - Not recommended for daily desktop usage.

In this page https://help.ubuntu.com/community/32bit_and_64bit it says:



What should I choose - 32 or 64 bit?
Unless you have specific reasons to choose 32-bit, we recommend 64-bit.


What now ?

cascade9
September 26th, 2010, 12:49 PM
I'd forgotten about that "32bit and 64bit" page. It makes the "Not recommended for daily desktop usage." warning even more amusing.

BTW, not that any devs really read this, but this bit is wrong-


As of 2008 most new consumer desktop PCs being sold contain processors from AMD or Intel which are capable of operating in 32-bit and 64-bit modes. List of processors with 64-bit support:


AMD

Athlon64, Athlon FX, Athlon X2, Phenom, Semprons that use AM2/AM2+/AM3 socket, Turion64

Intel

F and 5x1 series Pentium 4 using the "Prescott" core




There were socket 754 and socket 939 semperons that were 64-bit capable. As for the P4 list....all 'cedar mill' P4s were 64-bit capable, all the 'prescott 2M' models, and there were 'prescott' P4s that werent "5x1" CPUs that did 64bit. Pity that intel made the 64-bit capabilities of the P4 so hard to figure out, but intel was, I'm sure, very unhappy with AMD64. If nothing else, it was a major blow to the 'itanium' series CPUs....

howefield
September 26th, 2010, 12:55 PM
In the download page http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/download it says: "64-bit - Not recommended for daily desktop usage.

In this page https://help.ubuntu.com/community/32bit_and_64bit it says:



What now ?

Post 62 in the following link has an explanation of why the page states what it does, and also saying that this should be revisited for the release of 10.10.

https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu-we...nt/+bug/585940

You'll probably find a load more threads discussing this in Recurring Discussions.

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CoreyB.
September 27th, 2010, 04:36 AM
Post 62 in the following link has an explanation of why the page states what it does, and also saying that this should be revisited for the release of 10.10.

https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu-we...nt/+bug/585940

You'll probably find a load more threads discussing this in Recurring Discussions.

Thread moved to Recurring Discussions..

Here is a fixed link.

https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu-website-content/+bug/585940