64-bit - Not recommended for daily desktop usage

Knapp magick.crow at gmail.com
Fri Jun 11 06:02:27 UTC 2010

On Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 12:03 AM, Pete Vander Giessen <petevg at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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
> files).

I run KDE so I guess that does not effect that desktop. But It does
sound like a real problem.

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

Never heard of it. I guess being Amazon it must be popular.

> 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.

I run 4 GB and have a ram monitor on the desktop. It is rare for it to
go above 3gb and it almost never uses swap unless there is a memory
leak or I have gone nuts with open software. If you have to little
ram, buy more! It is very cheap. If you really can't do that run
Lubuntu or the like. I really don't see this as a big issue for 64 bit
users. How many current systems come with less that 2gb of ram? From 4
year ago, yes. So maybe we need to wait 2 years to really push 64 bit
as mainstream but I agree with other posts that we need to make it the
top priority over 32 bit. It is the future and the present in the
first world.

> 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
> it.

I sure don't see it that way. I have not had any headaches with it at
all and am a bit of a power users but I admit that I use repo stuff
only save for svn Blender 3d.

> 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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