State of the 64bit?

Avi Schwartz ubuntu-users352 at
Thu Aug 26 00:54:39 UTC 2010

On 08/25/2010 07:31 PM, Karl Larsen wrote:
> On 08/25/2010 06:25 PM, Avi Schwartz wrote:
>> I am currently running 10.04 in with a 32bit kernel on my Dell Studio
>> XPS 16 laptop but I am considering switching to 64bit mainly because my
>> machine has 8GB RAM of which the 32bit version sees only 3GB.
>> Few years ago I tried running 64bit but found the experience lacking to
>> put it mildly for a desktop. There were issues with Java, Flash and
>> other proprietary software.
>> My question is whether the 64bit situation has improved? I know there is
>> currently no 64bit version of flash for Linux (if there will ever be)
>> but will the 32bit version run reasonably well in a 64bit environment?
>> Good enough for YouTube, Hulu, etc? What about the ATI driver (the
>> proprietary one)? Any other issues I need to take into consideration
>> while making the decision?
>> Thanks,
>> Avi
>           I am running 64 bit on 10.04.1 and it is good.  It depends on
> your CPU. If it supports 64 bit go for it.
> 73 Karl
Thanks for the information Karl. Sounds like you and Matt Ryanczak have 
had a good experience so I will probably give it a go and see if I can 
keep all functionality as well have access to all my memory.


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