[kwlug-disc] 64bit installs

John Van Ostrand john at netdirect.ca
Tue Dec 21 18:58:17 EST 2010

A computer with on 4gb of memory won't require a 64bit OS. Speed only ever 
is attained for applications that need more than 4GB of data. In fact I 
thinkl 64bit apps are bigger on disk.

I had the same experience as you. I went 64dbit to get used to it since we 
take care of 64bit servers.

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Subject: [kwlug-disc] 64bit installs

After my new computer purchase a few weeks ago, upgrading to 4 gigs of
ram and some shiny DDR 3 and a 64 bit processor, I figured I'd best get
into a 64 bit OS.  So I installed a current version of Mandriva 64bit.

The experience was an epic fail.  I've put my wife's computer back to 32
bit mandriva and I'm in the process of reverting mine to 32 bit as well.

Recent installs of linux have just plain worked.  The 64 bit version
however was like a flashback to 2000, nothing worked.  No sound.  No
youtube videos.  No adobe flash.  Losing a half a gig of ram for no
clear reason (why when I was your age, we were happy to have just a half
a gig).  And all sorts of weird problems with LAMP on my desktop.  In
fact I needed to build a new site on my desktop and was unable to get
wordpress running after a half day of tinkering.  It was quicker to
reinstall 32 bit linux than continue working on the 64 bit version.

I'm not unhappy, just saddened that the 64 bit OS doesn't work for
desktop use.  And perhaps weirdly enough, I don't think there was any
noticeable speed benefit to the 64bit.


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