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    Re: Better 32 or 64 bit?

    Quote Originally Posted by NoaHall View Post
    Of course you can install 32 bit apps. And if the .deb doesn't work, you can compile them again, from source. Easy Peasy.
    Flash 64 bit alpha works fine.
    Not if it's a .deb file of a proprietary commercial app. What I meant was that on Windows 7 I was able to install Steam and my Half-Life 2 games (which are 32 bit) and they ran just fine. But you can't do that with 32 bit apps on Linux, that I'm aware of.

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    Arrow Re: Better 32 or 64 bit?

    I have downloaded both ISO...
    I'm seriously thinking to give 64bit a go.
    I've already installed it on my test computer...the only closed source applications I use are Skype and (when I played) WoW (through wine).*

    Apart generally developing C/C++, I'm developing a couple of GPGPU apps with OpenGL/GLSLang.
    I have an nVidia card...how are the drivers?

    Can someone report links to proper test showing that 64bits is better?
    I don't doubt this, and quite frankly I'd be surprised if that wasn't true for math computations: usually gcc/g++ when compiled with -march=i686 (default when compiling in x86-64 mode) uses the sse2 registers to do floating point math, so the boost can be impressive ( http://gcc.gnu.org/onlinedocs/gcc/i3...002d64-Options see -mfpmath option).

    Another issue I found was that the wma 9 wasn't playable with default codecs but one has to buy the closed source one. Is that true? ( http://blog.thesilentnumber.me/2009/...nstalling.html )

    Cheers,

    *Update I forgot I have bought World of Goo 32 bit. Will it work?
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    Re: Better 32 or 64 bit?

    Quote Originally Posted by blueshiftoverwatch View Post
    Not if it's a .deb file of a proprietary commercial app. What I meant was that on Windows 7 I was able to install Steam and my Half-Life 2 games (which are 32 bit) and they ran just fine. But you can't do that with 32 bit apps on Linux, that I'm aware of.
    ehm...
    dpkg -i --force-architecture /file/name.deb

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    Re: Better 32 or 64 bit?

    Quote Originally Posted by NoaHall View Post
    ehm...
    dpkg -i --force-architecture /file/name.deb
    Thanks, works perfectly now.

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    Re: Better 32 or 64 bit?

    Quote Originally Posted by blueshiftoverwatch View Post
    Thanks, works perfectly now.
    Sarcasm or not?

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    Re: Better 32 or 64 bit?

    Quote Originally Posted by NoaHall View Post
    Sarcasm or not?
    I forgot that on the Internet people can't hear the inflection in your voice. It actually did work.

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    Re: Better 32 or 64 bit?

    64 bit is always better. The support is there for linux too unlike using on windows. Mostly all apps have 64 bit counterparts on linux. Go 64 bit if you got the hardware. It also allows you to show over 3.5GB ram without issues unlike 32 bit. 64 Bit also has noticeable speed differences even on linux as fast as it is and you will notice the speed difference unless your blind! Go 64 bit!
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    Question Re: Better 32 or 64 bit?

    Ok, I'll go 64bit then...

    One last question: if I compile in 32 bit mode, I guess I have to install 32 bit libraries as well (eg. gtkmm) ?

    Cheers,

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    Re: Better 32 or 64 bit?

    I'm still on 32bit in both Windows and Linux. I just haven't seen a compelling reason to switch yet.
    I might make the jump when Lucid gets out the gate.

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