[kwlug-disc] 64bit installs

unsolicited unsolicited at swiz.ca
Thu Dec 23 12:14:22 EST 2010

Not quite what he said.

He said, without some good reason for running 32-bit, go 64-bit. Any 
trade off is not significant enough to outweigh the benefits. 
Especially going forward.

Given your survey Glenn, only you, with *Mandriva*, have experienced 
any significant problems that couldn't be reasonably overcome in a 
short amount of time, such that regressing back to 32-bit was warranted.

*Everybody* else has said go 64-bit / they've had a pleasant 
experience. And it was reported that Mandriva is still goofy with a 
32-/64-bit hybrid environment.

You might load up a 64-bit K/Ubuntu Live CD and see if you have zero 
problems, as reported. (Not sure if you could duplicate what you were 
doing on a live cd to detect if the same problems are present, using a 
live cd.)

Insurance Squared Inc. wrote, On 12/23/2010 11:09 AM:
> 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.
>> 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

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