Yes, I'm sorry, this is yet another thread on the question "What edition should I choose?".
I want to run a few slightly heavier applications such as MATLAB, a CAD system if I can find one, GIMP and Audacity on an OS that is not as bloated as my Win7 install. I have only 2 GB of RAM, but a CPU that should benefit from running 64-bit (Intel Core 2 Duo T7300).
My first question, which makes me feel more like a newbie than I like to admit
, is whether I need a 64-bit OS to run the 64-bit applications? I suppose so.
Then, my second question is a bit trickier. Would I benefit more from the lower RAM usage of for example Mint Fluxbox edition than the 64-bit XFCE edition (which is supposedly lighter than the main edition)?
And maybe Mint 11 is lighter than Mint 9, that would make it even more complicated. Ah, choice. Hard.
Thoughts that fled from the head of O8h7w - be warned, they might cause thoughts in YOUR head