SeanBest wrote:64 bit OS utilize 64 bit processors where as 32 bit OS will only use 32 bits of it. 64 bit OS will also allow the usage for more than 3GB of RAM. Honestly 64 bit was iffy at best a few years ago with lack of driver and software support, but today, if you have a 64 bit processor, there really is no point in sticking to a 32 bit OS.
As I was doing research I came across Linux Forums: Linux 64 vs 32
and have come to realize that the 32 bit kernel can recompiled to handle up to 64 GB of RAM.
I have tried Linux Mint 64, but not for long, I was trying to get my PCI RaLink RT2760 Wireless 802.11n 1T/2R Cardbus to run. It is detected out of the box and finds access points but wont connect until I use ndiswrapper to install the Windows Driver, after that is done, the wireless completely disappears. I can't even enable it again, when right clicking on networkmanager you can enable wired connection, but wireless disappears. Thus I went back to the 32 bit version which has no problems. I am just wondering, am I missing anything?
The reason I am asking is because the 32 bit has SMP support which seems to utilize multiple cores/threads. I guess I am looking for a technical answer within the mechanics of how Linux 32 and Linux 64 utilize the actual multi-processors.
Thanks again for all taking the time to reply, I really appreciate it.