Question from a 64-bit newbie (perhaps)

Knapp magick.crow at
Mon Dec 8 15:04:13 UTC 2008

On Mon, Dec 8, 2008 at 3:17 PM, Peter N Spotts <pspotts at> wrote:
> Folks,
> I've just ordered a Dell laptop with 8.04 installed; my trusty
> six-year-old Toshiba is headed for a leisurely retirement with
> less rigorous demands from my ham radio gear.
> The processor on the new machine is the Intel Core 2 Duo. Dumb question:
> Am I heading into 64-bit land? I've plugged the chip name into Dr.
> Google and have come up with conflicting answers (perhaps because some
> sites were old and, at the time, uninformed).
> I will be upgrading to 8.10 once the laptop arrives. I want to be sure
> I download the correct ISO.
> Thanks for any light you can shed...
> With best regards,
> Pete

The intel pdf says it is.
You can run 32 bit system on a 64 bit chip if you like but you can't
run a 64 bit linux on a 32 bit chip.
I have run 64 bit  Kubuntu for 2 year and there are no problems. Don't
let the nay sayers get to you!

Sometimes if you want something like 64 bit OO you might need to
download the source and compile but that is super easy and only needed
if you want bleeding edge stuff and then only in some cases.

64 bit is great!

Douglas E Knapp

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