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    Question Should I choose 32 or 64 bit Linux?

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    There are 32-bit and 64-bit versions available. I want to use Linux for a Desktop PC and for a Media Center PC, and I am an utter newbie to Linux. Is there any benefit in 64-bit for me, or will I run into problems because things work better on 32-bit?

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    Re: Should I choose 32 or 64 bit Linux?

    I've never used 64bit, I've read that people run into problems with programs that don't have very good 64bit support yet (not many, Adobe Flash Player is the most notable, but that's just a useless program to begin with). Unless you want to have more than 3gb of RAM or whatever other benefits 64bit has I'd say just to go with 32bit. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong!
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    Re: Should I choose 32 or 64 bit Linux?

    Thank you Dagoth, I was expecting an answer like this, but not this fast
    Since I don't have >3GB RAM and I'm just looking for something that'll work, I will stick to 32-bit.

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    Re: Should I choose 32 or 64 bit Linux?

    Native Ubuntu programs work well and even better on 64bit, but not Adobe things, ID games, Skype etc. like that. if you do not plan to use then go 64bit.

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    Re: Should I choose 32 or 64 bit Linux?

    On Windows, things work better on 32-bit, because for years every programmer assumed that their programs were only going to be running on 32-bit x86 processors. So lots of things on Windows will only run on genuine 32-bit, or need to be run in 32-bit mode on the 64-bit operating system, because they've been written with that 32-bit assumption, and only the developer can rewrite it for 64-bit support.

    On Linux, all drivers and programs are written to be portable to any of the CPU architectures that Linux supports, and there are a LOT of them. By comparison, 64-bit x86 is pretty much the same as 32-bit, and so software and drivers are merely al recompile away from being 64-bit native.

    Where's 64-bit Flash Player for Windows? Doesn't exist yet. It's here on Linux and has been for some months. What about Google Chrome in 64-bit? Doesn't exist yet on Windows, but we've already got 64-bit Chromium.

    Summary:

    If your CPU supports 64-bit mode, and you have more than a gigabyte of RAM, run 64-bit Linux. You might not see any benefits, but there are no problems either, and you might as well use it in case you want to use more than 3 gigabytes of RAM in the future.

    EDIT: I actually use 64-bit Linux, unlike the first person who replied.
    I try to treat the cause, not the symptom. I avoid the terminal in instructions, unless it's easier or necessary. My instructions will work within the Ubuntu system, instead of breaking or subverting it. Those are the three guarantees to the helpee.

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    Re: Should I choose 32 or 64 bit Linux?

    Happy to help, I'm using 32bit and look at my system monitor shows I'm using 418MB of RAM (I like multitasking...) and 1.5MB of Swap space, Ubuntu isn't very memory intensive.

    Feel free to ask more questions if you run into problems, although do give the forums a quick search over first, some people get a lil frustrated with people asking the same questions over and over again (although those are the first things to get fixed in the next version... )

    Good luck, hopefully you have a smooth install
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    Re: Should I choose 32 or 64 bit Linux?

    Quote Originally Posted by dagoth_pie View Post
    I've never used 64bit, I've read that people run into problems with programs that don't have very good 64bit support yet (not many, Adobe Flash Player is the most notable, but that's just a useless program to begin with). Unless you want to have more than 3gb of RAM or whatever other benefits 64bit has I'd say just to go with 32bit. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong!
    Adobe flash has 64bit support and it works great. If you have the right hardware there's no reason not to use 64bit.


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    Re: Should I choose 32 or 64 bit Linux?

    Now the pros come rolling in...
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    Re: Should I choose 32 or 64 bit Linux?

    Sounds like it is worth a try to use 64-bit after all! Thank you all for the inputs, I'll try it out and see how it goes. Thanks again!

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    Re: Should I choose 32 or 64 bit Linux?

    And sorry for almost misleading you
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