I2k4 wrote: ↑
Mon Feb 24, 2020 11:30 am
My old laptop and netbook both shipped with 32 bit Windows, and for years I thought they were limited to 32 bit Ubuntu / Mint. They are not. Both PCs installed and are running 64 bit Mint 19.x without any special configuration for that, and third party software I use that requires 64 bit systems can now run on them. I suggest creating a persistent live USB with a 64 bit distro, and testing it thoroughly for a few weeks - might be surprised.
It's abandonment by third party software that's going to terminate 32 bit. As Windows Ballmer taught the world: "Developers! Developers! Developers!" ... or else forget it.
It depends on your CPU.
Certain Pentium 4 HT have the AMD64 instruction set.
Next came the Core architecture, so you had the Core Duo from Intel. Most of the models had AMD64 with a few being only IA32 instruction set.
Next came Core2 Duo and Core2 Quad. These all had AMD64.
On the AMD side of things, there is no confusion. They named their CPU Athlon 64 and starting from that point, they all had AMD64 instruction set.
Note: When I say that something has the AMD64 instruction, it also has the IA32 instruction set.
There is no reason to not use a 64 bit OS these days. You will definitely need 8 GB RAM and more.
For the apps, these can be 32 bit since quite a lot of apps don't use GB of RAM.
Is this my signature? Ask me about my Kubuntu and Linux Mint file. It is for noobs who want to configure Linux and make it into a pleasant Windows experience + add few applications, QT Creator, Eclipse, setup background, startup sound, log off sound.