32 vs 64 bit today?

Jeff Jibson jeff.jibson at parentlink.net
Sat Aug 13 08:26:50 MDT 2011

On Sat, Aug 13, 2011 at 07:16, 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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DRAC5 remote consoles are a similar annoyance.  I had it working in 32
bit but never got it to work in 64 bit.

When I changed to 64 bit, Gentoo 64 bit unstable (~amd64) seemed much
more stable than 32 bit unstable (~x86).

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