How many bits are recommended?

Deryl R. Doucette me at
Mon Nov 1 23:26:37 UTC 2010

On Tue, 2010-11-02 at 00:17 +0100, Wouter van Vliet / Interpotential
> Ok, so I was wondering - what is currently the "recommended" number of 
> bits to go for, 64 or 32?
> With the release of 10.10, the note on the download page changed from 
> "not recommended" on the 64bit option, to "recommended" on the 32bit. 
> Not a big change. However, looking at this page: 
> it's a whole other 
> story. There 64bit is recommended.
> After the 32bit version on my new computer I noticed that not the whole 
> 4GB of RAM was available to the system, so I installed the PEA kernel. 
> At that time, I also learned that the 64bit version would have had no 
> problems addressing all of my RAM.
> With the risk of answering my own question; would it be safe to say that 
> 64bit is recommended for systems that support it, with 4GB of RAM or more?
> There is probably more to it, right?
> Wouter

If your machine is a 64bit machine, then run the 64bit version. If you
need compatibility for 32bit programs there is the ia32-libs package:

Description: ia32 shared libraries for use on amd64 and ia64 systems
 This package contains runtime libraries for the ia32/i386
 architecture, configured for use on an amd64 or ia64 Debian system
running a 64-bit kernel.

Have fun! :)
Deryl R. Doucette
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