xenopeek wrote:As for "32bit support has been ripped out of the newer kernels", that is a misunderstanding on TehGhodTrole's part.
it's a big misunderstanding for someone that is giving advice on 32bit Vs. 64bit and was not the only one.
Hugo Notte wrote:Nunol, you might be living in the past here.
Why? Because I like to give the OP the facts and let him decide or because I know that in some situations (even today) the 32bit OS is faster.
Hugo Notte wrote:Just because 64bit hardware CAN run a 32bit OS doesn't mean it is necessarily a good thing.
What? That was the main thing a few years ago and today it's good to have the option. Why? Because the 64bit OS is not always the best option, some times is slower than the 32bit OS, sometimes is no better.
Did I say something that was wrong? Look at the beginning of my first post in this thread:
... Basic tasks, such as email, Internet and office apps don't need or require one or the other and Wine for 64-bit actually runs in 32-bit mode.
In this case, with the information provided by the user I don't see any big advantages for the 64bit OS (or for the 32bit OS).
Look at the last sentence, I say that one or the other is fine for the OP needs!
Hugo Notte wrote:Your analogy with 2 vs 4 valves is wrong, too. It implies that there are performance penalties in the use of modern 4 valve technology, which there aren't.
True, that's the problem with analogies. I forgot to say that the 2v had decades of developing and optimization and was a fine tuned machine and the 4v only one decade so sometimes 2v performed better.
Hugo Notte wrote:Use the 32bit OS on 64bit hardware and you basically only use half of your processor's registers. Even though the possible speed advantages of 64bit over 32bit might hardly be noticeable while web browsing and reading e-mails...
Exactly! But you did forget to mentioned that the 64bit OS uses more RAM to do the same task and because of that takes more time that may or may not bet offset by the extra registers.
Hugo Notte wrote:...I wouldn't want to drive around the corner to buy milk with the handbrake on. But everybody to his own!
Analogies again! I doesn't work like that! It's more like the going around the corner to buy milk with a more powerful car but with the handbrake on (because uses more RAM) or taking a less powerful car without the handbrake on.
Do you really believe that the 64bit OS only has advantages over the 32bit OS? Why is Linux developing the x32 ABI
FireSoul wrote:I think if you load both of versions live DVD 32Bit and 64Bit .Test with live DVD and perhaps install dual boot.Linux don't need much space for install.
I'm often testing many things in my computer...
Testing thinks is the best way to find out but in this case both the 64bit or the 32bit OS are fine.
nunol wrote:Yes, that is nice but 64bit still uses more RAM
RAM is cheap.
Yes! Does the RAM for 64bit OS cost more or less than for the 32bit OS? Isn't the limit for this laptop 8GB?