Fwd [ubuntu-release] Please promote 64-bit images by default on the download pages

Scott Kitterman ubuntu at kitterman.com
Thu Sep 5 02:07:50 UTC 2013

pansz <pan.shizhu at gmail.com> wrote:
>For non-technical user, if 32-bit is the default image, the may wonder
>they have a 4GB or 8GB memory computer but they cannot see 4GB memory
>Then how do you explain they need 64 bit install media?
>On Tue, Sep 3, 2013 at 10:46 PM, Scott Kitterman
><ubuntu at kitterman.com>wrote:
>> Jonathan Riddell <jr at jriddell.org> wrote:
>> >Should we follow and recommend 64 bit?
>> >
>> >My gut feeling is that most people have 64 bit computers now and I
>> >trust the foundation team to have done the legwork to verify that. 
>> >I'm in favour of it.
>> Most do, but there have been stacks of 32 bit only Atom netbooks sold
>> the last several years. Given that we want to be friendly to
>> users, I think we should wait.
>> Try writing out the instructions for a non-technical user to figure
>out if
>> they need a 32 bit image. I'm not sure how to do it.
>> I'd suggest we do this for 14.10.
>> Scott K
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That's easy enough.   The amount of RAM is on the box.  "If you have 4GB or more of RAM use this (link to the 64 bit image)".  That'll also, I think, take care of the Atom 32 question since I don't think they were ever sold with more than 2 GB of RAM.

Scott K

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