is 64 bit ready for primetime yet?

Marcelo Magno T. Sales mmtsales at
Mon Apr 4 14:10:46 UTC 2011

2011/4/2 Paul Lemmons <paul at>

> When Natty comes out I am planning on doing a clean install. My first on
> this particular machine since Feisty. I am considering the 64 bit version.
> The machine has more than 4GB of ram so I have been successfully running the
> pae version without any real hiccups.  It has been a long time since I
> considered "real" 64 bit and was wondering has it matured to the point where
> it is as smooth, application and stability wise, as the 32 bit version? In
> particular: Firefox? Flash? Java? VMWare Workstation?

I consider the 64 bit version quite stable. About the specific applications
you mentioned:
Firefox - as stable as its plugins allow it to be. If a plugin crashes, all
browser windows crash, but it's the same in the 32 bit version (at least for
now. Firefox 4 is supposed to change this, but I didn't test it yet).
Flash - unstable. But the 32 bit version is not very stable either.
Java - very stable
VMWare Workstation - I don't use it, but I use Virtualbox and it is very

In my opinion, flash is the most unstable software among those I use in the
64 bit version. And, because of it, Firefox may become unstable too.
However, without flash installed, Firefox is reasonably stable.
All other applications I use are very stable in the 64 bit version.

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