32 vs 64 bit today?
John D Jones III
unixgeek1972 at gmail.com
Mon Aug 15 09:43:58 MDT 2011
On 08/13/2011 06:14 AM, S. Dale Morrey wrote:
> Hello Everyone,
> 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?
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I pretty much exclusively use 64 bit Distros, Linux, BSD and Windows.
There was a time a couple years back where flash and zsnes were
problematic on 64bit machines, but this has long been solved. I actually
run 64bit and 32bit Arch Linux systems on identical hardware and I
actually have more issues with the 32 bit system than the 64 bit.
Typically with xorg. One of these days, I'm going to reinstall the 32
bit back to 64, since the experiment I was conducting is long completed,
but I just have to get the wife's permission to break her system long
enough to do it ;) As for Windows, again, I tend to prefer the 64bit
offering for Windows 7, however I ran into performance issues when
running a couple games on the system, Saint's Row 2 and Assassin's Creed
2 both had major frame skip and used terrible resources. I installed the
32bit Windows 7 and these problems went away. I assume it has to do with
the WoW 32bit emulation Windows uses to support all that stubborn 32bit
code that exists out there, but aside from that, I advocate 64bit usage
pretty much across the board.
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