[kwlug-disc] 64bit installs

L.D. Paniak ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com
Thu Dec 23 11:51:44 EST 2010

There is a great difference between i386 and i686 32-bit OS performance.
Not using SSE in i386 substantially reduces numerical and multimedia
capability.  The difference between i686 and 64-bit AMD64 is much less
noticeable unless processes are running out of memory.  Since ubuntu
only offers i386 and amd64 kernels, the fast 32-bit option is not easily
available there.

Still, since you will be hard pressed to find a 32-bit processor these
days (even Atoms are 64-bit), I'm with Cedric on moving forward and
leaving 32-bit OSes to the hobbyists.

On Thu, 2010-12-23 at 11:09 -0500, Insurance Squared Inc. wrote:
> I think I'm in agreement with Cedric.  For most of us at the desktop 
> level there seems to be little benefit to going to a 64 bit OS.  It 
> certainly didn't do me any good.  However if we can all go towards that 
> goal, we get unified that much faster.
> g.
> > The main benefit, in my view, to getting *everyone* up on 64 bit is that it's easier to support one stream of drivers and infrastructure than two, and the sooner we get to the point where we don't have to have the mainstream world straddling two architectures, the easier systems guys who churn out the foundations upon which we all build will have it, and the more time they'll have for cool stuff as opposed to regression testing i386 builds :P
> >
> >    -Cedric
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