Racoffey wrote:I'm running 64 bit Mint for one reason and one reason only. Because I can.
Of course you can, nobody says the contrary, I guess, but you MUST NOT necessarily, except if you really need 64 bit.
Racoffey wrote:64 bit processor = 64 bit OS.
Not really, maybe yes maybe no. 32 bit works perfectly, even on 64 bit hardware and for all tasks, although for some you'll have to wait more time for your work be done. In fact, probably the majority of the (simple) "average" home users has not a *really* need for 64 bit. The race to the power, frantic shopping etc is a race for consumption organized by enterprises which wants you buying their products and which make you think/believe you need them etc. And this in all areas. Well, this is our stupid society.
If you make some works for which really you need 64 bit, go with it. If not, well, think and choose for yourself, knowing 32 is quite fine, good and solid. (not always the case with 64 bit sometimes...)
craig10x wrote:i've never really seen any DRAWBACK in using it on my system and for my needs...so why not use it?
Who talks about "drawback"? It can have drawbacks maybe, sometimes, but this is not the purpose here.
craig10x wrote:so why not use it? Why not take full advantage of what my laptop is providing me?
Well, no problem. Use what you want. I guess nobody here will have some problem with that...
But have you *really* a need for 64 bit? You *really* use your 64 bit system completely? If yes, good, if no, well, it is really *necessary* to use something you don't need just because you have been "forced" (I hope you see what I mean) to buy a such hardware? As I said above, this is our stupid society.
Vincent Vermeulen wrote: If you pay to buy a motherboard, CPU, graphics card and memory that all support 64 bits operations--and you then run a 32 bits operating system on it--well, I'd say you are a thief of your own pocket at the least.
Well, first, as already said, have you really a need for 64 bit? If no, then you could just throwing money out the window, or maybe you have a lot of money and you are ready, you can, to buy something you don't need and/or the last toy in town... Happy man! Can you give me some please?
gn2 wrote:When the "certain task" takes 90 minutes on a 32 OS and 50 minutes on a 64 OS
I don't guess the majority of the simple average home users make some work, a "certain task", like that... at least, probably very infrequently.
But again, the purpose here is not to denigrate or like 64 bit. If you need 64 bit, good, buy and use 64 bit. If no, well, think and choose yourself...
P.S.= I don't talk here about professional users neither about some "power" users who can have a need for 64 bit to make their work more comfortably, yes...
K.I.S.S. ===> "Keep It Simple, Stupid"
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." (Leonardo da Vinci)
"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler." (Albert Einstein)