32 vs 64 bit today?

Aaron Toponce aaron.toponce at gmail.com
Sun Aug 14 19:09:43 MDT 2011


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Stuart Jansen <sjansen at buscaluz.org> wrote:

>On Sat, 2011-08-13 at 06:14 -0600, S. Dale Morrey wrote:
>> I just wanted to take a quick poll and ask what the current state of
>> the whole 32 vs 64 bit thing is now days when it comes to distros.
>> I remember a few years ago there were some major issues when going
>> with a 64 bit distro and was curious to know if this is still the
>case
>> at all or if all those kinks have been worked out by now?  Is there
>> any reason given a 64 bit processor that anyone would still need to
>> use a 32 bit distro?
>
>Major issues? I've been running 64bit for nearly 7 years without any
>major issues. Never had a problem with servers, and on my laptop Flash
>was the only real annoyance. Perhaps you're thinking of Debian's
>incredible delay to support multilib and the inconvenient suggestion to
>use a chroot as a work around.
>
>Old hardware is the only reason I'm aware of to still use 32bit.
>
>
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I have been running 64-bit Debian for 5 years, and the only annoyances being Flash and Skype. But then, that is what you get for running proprietary code.
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