State of the 64bit?

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Thu Aug 26 01:55:27 UTC 2010

On Aug 25, 2010, at 9:16 PM, Billie Walsh <bilwalsh at> wrote:

> On 08/25/2010 07:25 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've had 64 bit running on three computers for a while now.
> One desktop and one laptop are Intel dual cores with ATI graphics. The
> desktop has 2 gig memory and the laptop has 4 gig. I installed Flash  
> Aid
> in Firefox, my default browser. Flash works about 99%. Sometimes it
> works every time and sometimes I visit the same site and it doesn't.
> Have no clue why. I run the standard video drivers on both so I can't
> help with the proprietary drivers. Java seems to work just fine. At
> least I haven't noticed any issues.
> Other desktop is an AMD Quad Core with 4 gig memory and Nvidia  
> graphics.
> Flash seems to work the same as the other two. I did have to install  
> the
> proprietary drivers for the Nvidia. Google Earth wouldn't work. Java
> also seems to work just fine.
> -- 
> "A good moral character is the first essential in a man." George W.

OOO, what is the Flash Aid of which you speak?  I have 25 AMD  
dualcores in my classroom I use as clients for my students and 4 Intel  
Xeon quadcores in my office I will be setting up as servers all  
running Ububtu 64bit 10.04 Desktop, so I'd love to get flash working!

A. Jorge Garcia
Applied Math & CS
Baldwin SHS & Nassau CC
Sent from my iPod

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