State of the 64bit?

Avi Schwartz ubuntu-users352 at
Thu Aug 26 00:59:53 UTC 2010

On 08/25/2010 07:35 PM, Thomas Yao wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 26, 2010 at 8:25 AM, 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?
> I DO NOT recommand you switch to 64-bit version due to the flash
> pluggin usually crashed under the system. I just switch back to 32bit
> weeks ago cuz I can't bear such kind of problem any more.
> Just like you I often go to Youtube so it's really important for a
> working flash pluggin.
> And you can install the linux-image-pae package via aptitude to get
> the big memory support(>4GB) for 32bit.
> Next time, try google before you ask the question, you'll get answer
> easier and faster than post your question on the mailing list :)
I forgot to ask you, was your experience with 10.04 or earlier version 
of Ubuntu?


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