Switching from 64 bit to 32 bit version
lbus42 at gmail.com
Sun Jul 20 05:40:45 UTC 2008
On Sun, 2008-07-20 at 11:57 +0930, Brian Astill wrote:
> On Sunday 20 July 2008 06:35:51 David Fox wrote:
> > > How do you tell which version you are currently running?
> Simplest answer - give each installation a different name.
> If I see this at the terminal:
> brian at brian-desktop:~$ I know I am in 32 bit mode
> On the other hand, if I see this:
> brian at brian-amd64:~$ I am using my 64 bit version
> If you do install both 32 and 64 bit versions - as I have - it is
> helpful to have a separate partition for /home which both
> versions access.
> This is what my drive looks like:
> Number Start End Size Type File system Flags
> 1 32.3kB 15.7GB 15.7GB primary ext2 boot
> 2 15.7GB 48.6GB 32.9GB extended lba
> 5 15.7GB 17.8GB 2097MB logical linux-swap
> 6 17.8GB 48.6GB 30.8GB logical ext3
> 3 48.6GB 80.0GB 31.4GB primary ext3
> Partition 6 is /home for the versions on the primary partitions 1
> and 3.
> Frankly, if you have an AMD64 you probably don't need to worry
> about installing a separate 32bit installation, because the AMD64
> chip runs 32-bit natively - but there is always the exception. A
> little while ago Opera did not have a 64-bit version and the
> 32-bit version would not install on a 64-bit system. Opera now
> has a 64-bit version, so that isn't an issue today.
I have an AMD64 and was happy with the 64 bit version, but I could not use Adobe Flash with Firefox.
I now use the 32 bit version. Everything seems to work just fine and I
do not see much of a performance difference.
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