64-bit - Not recommended for daily desktop usage

Pete Vander Giessen petevg at gmail.com
Thu Jun 10 22:03:19 UTC 2010

On Thu, Jun 10, 2010 at 2:36 PM, Knapp <magick.crow at gmail.com> wrote:
> This subject just will not die. Look back through the logs.
> As far as 64 bit not working. Can you show me an example?? Anyone?

The 64 bit flash plugin that the installer in the repo grabs has some
major issues -- many embedded videos don't work, and pause/play on all
videos don't work on 64bit with compiz running.  The updated flash
player from adobe resolves these issues, but doesn't work with Hulu.
(Tombuntu posted a workaround to the former problem, which fixed it
for me, though it requires a bit of technical editing of config

The Amazon downloader (for the amazon mp3 store) is a hassle to
install in 64 bit.

Since 64bit programs take up slightly more memory, it is not a good
idea to install a 64 bit OS on a system with less than 4GB RAM; it
just makes a tight RAM situation worse.

Basically, if you don't know what you're doing, 64bit causes a lot of
small headaches, so it's good to steer your "average user" away from

If you do know what you're doing, relax, stop worrying (drop by
Tombuntu's site if you're having trouble with Flash), and enjoy the
luxurious amounts of RAM I'm sure your system has installed ;-)

~ PeteVG

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