64bit Linux

Andrew Jarrett jarrett.andrew at gmail.com
Sun Mar 16 17:05:01 UTC 2008

On Sun, Mar 16, 2008 at 5:06 AM, Neil Winchurst <neil at holsdev.vispa.com> wrote:
>  1 Am I right in assuming that 64bit Linux has improved since I tried it?

I started using 64-bit recently, but it still looks like it is
improving (slowly but surely).

>  2 If the answer to that is yes, are there good reasons to move to 64bit?

Hrmmm...  More than 3.8 GB of RAM (my reason), better number crunching
(especially w/ floating point), and not having your computer crap out
in 2038.

>  3 Are there still some problems with it?

The biggest problems I have seen is with web browsing (e.g. running
Flash and Java in Firefox).  The solution is to install 32-bit Firefox
and it really isn't that difficult to do.

>  4 Do many people on the list use it or are most still on 32bit?

I would say most people are still using 32-bit in general.

>  5 Does anyone have suggestions, advice, help for me about this?

If you try it out you will probably want to still keep your 32-bit
installation around and just make room for a decent sized 64-bit


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