ubuntu 32bit vs 64bit?

Gigabyte / Ep43-ud3l
October 3, 2010 at 07:27:51
Specs: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, 2.933 GHz / 4094 MB
I am running ubuntu 32 bit on a 64bit computer. I was going to download 64 bit but on ubuntu site it said "64-bit - Not recommended for daily desktop usage" Will I notice any speed improvement if I install the 64 bit version?

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#1
October 3, 2010 at 10:50:49
No, in most cases a 32 bit OS will perform better with 32 bit applications than a 64 bit OS. 64 bit systems also have issues with driver and application compatibility. Unless you have a particular need for a 64 bit OS, stick with a 32 bit version. A 64 bit OS can have major advantages but this is primarily for native 64 bit applications. The great promise of 64 bit systems has yet to be realized.


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#2
October 3, 2010 at 16:44:11

It could be that in some very limited programs that one might see a very slight improvement in speed. That is only because it may have been compiled on newer tools. Not because a 64 bit OS is faster.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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#3
October 6, 2010 at 01:57:56
Glad to hear that. I am using Ubuntu 32bit on a pretty modern 64bit machine too.

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#4
October 18, 2010 at 05:09:17
Depends on the Architecture of the Machine, for example: My Netbook is classed as 64-Bit by Windows 7 but due to being a Celeron it's only compatible with i686 Linux which is 32-Bit.

For true 64-Bit you should invest in a Quad-Core but then your going into Servers, not Desktops! It is overkill to have that much omph, liken it to a ferrari, not very practical on a busy side road, loads of horse power and no-where to gallop. Unless of course your wanting to host an on-line multi-player frag match...

I love my x86_64 as much as my x86 but in terms of speed they're about the same, thanks to GNU/Linux they both boot in approx 11 seconds.


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