State of the 64bit?

Avi Schwartz ubuntu-users352 at
Mon Oct 18 00:16:00 UTC 2010

  On 08/26/2010 10:07 AM, Tarun Khanna wrote:
> I have been using 64bit Ubuntu since 9.04. I had trouble earlier with 
> flash and had to go through hoops to get it to work. It always did 
> work in the end, after some work though. However now it works just 
> fine through the adobe-flashplugin package in the Ubuntu repository. I 
> haven't tried java though.
> good luck.
> Tarun
> On Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 8:25 PM, Avi Schwartz 
> <ubuntu-users352 at 
> <mailto:ubuntu-users352 at>> 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

OK, I took the plunge and installed 10.10 64bit on my Dell Studio XPS.  
So far most of everything I tried seems to work fine except when I try 
to install Tweetdeck from their web site. Clicking on the flash based 
install button (on for example) does 
nothing at all. I tried with both the Ubuntu "official" plugin and with 
the latest beta of the Adobe 64bit flash plugin obtained from the Adobe 
labs. I suspect that the problem is with the web site since other sites 
seem to work fine.


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