Should I prefer 32bit or 64bit Mint?

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Should I prefer 32bit or 64bit Mint?

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I want to install and try out Mint.

Should I prefer 64bit over 32bit?

In other words: Are there enough applcations available for 64bit branch of Mint or is 64bit more experimental?

Sorry for this question: Can 32bit Mint programs run under 64bit Mint (similar to 32bit prgm. under 64bit Windows7)?

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Re: Should I prefer 32bit or 64bit Mint?

Post by mank_in »

It's up to you. But if you have 4GB+ RAM , you must use 64bit .
This is a pdf about 32bit versus 64 bit : http://www.amd64.org/fileadmin/user_upl ... _Facts.pdf

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Re: Should I prefer 32bit or 64bit Mint?

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64-bit is not experimental at all anymore.

Nearly all programs from the repository work on a 64-bit Mint system. You will automatically get the 64-bit version if there is one - and if there isn't one, for example for Google Earth and Wine - the 32-bit version is installed which also works on 64-bit Linux. The only exception being the experimental nVidia driver of Mint 10 & 11 which can't run 3D on 32-bit programs by default - this is fixed in Mint 12. And the official nVidia driver works fine, as well as ATI/AMD and Intel drivers.

For 32-bit programs from outside the repository, you need ia32-libs on Mint versions up to 11. On Mint 12 you need the :i386 version of the libraries on which the program depends. You can install those packages from the repository. You can also install Google Earth which depends on a lot of 32-bit stuff, enough to run most other 32-bit programs.

Flash used to have bad 64-bit support. But Mint 11 has a working 64-bit version of Flash 10; from Flash 11 on Adobe officially supports 64-bit on Linux.

Just use 64-bit if you don't have lack of RAM or any other problem with it.
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Re: Should I prefer 32bit or 64bit Mint?

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Thank you:

@AlbertP: Are your comments applicable to ALL Linux distributions (e.g. Ubuntu, CentOS, Suse,...)
or do they refer only to Mint?

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Re: Should I prefer 32bit or 64bit Mint?

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How the package management handles 32-bit stuff on 64-bit systems might be different on other distros. But at least for Ubuntu it should also work this way.
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Re: Should I prefer 32bit or 64bit Mint?

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I just wanted to add my personal experience on the topic of 32 bit versus 64 bit.

I didn't realize until the day before yesterday that my computer, a second hand Dell Optiplex GX620 (2 Intel Pentium 4 3Ghz CPU's, 2GB RAM), is 64 bit capable. (I noticed it in the BIOS). I had Linux Mint 11 32 bit installed on it.

Yesterday I installed Linux Mint 11 64 bit instead, and it does work better and faster for my computer. For instance, just a few days ago, on my 32 bit install, my son watched this movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lck3ghbjHws full screen and it was all jerky. Now, on my 64 bit install, it's perfectly smooth!

I also notice that the desktop and programs respond faster, snappier.

So for me 64 bit was definitely a good choice.

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Re: Should I prefer 32bit or 64bit Mint?

Post by altair4 »

I am not suggesting for a moment that it is equivalent or even desirable to do this but the Mint / Ubuntu ( at least ) installer will automatically detect the amount of ram you have and install the 32-bit PAE kernel automatically giving you access to 64 GB of RAM.
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Re: Should I prefer 32bit or 64bit Mint?

Post by hefff »

yep its for all distros, go for 64bit if u got enough ram(4GB). I think its not issue at all for linux systems they support it from decade, only win can give u some problems.

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Re: Should I prefer 32bit or 64bit Mint?

Post by badguy_goodguy »

It is working just fine for me, and i am having Intel CPU T4500. (dual core at 2,.3 Ghz)

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