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Re: intel i3 processor

On Mon, Jul 19, 2010 at 10:28:57AM -0400, Christopher Browne wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 19, 2010 at 10:08 AM, Siddharth Ravikumar
> <rsiddharth.mail@gmail.com> wrote:
> > I am planning to build my own computer . I have choosen to use intel
> > i3 as my processor , I just want to know whether debian amd64 will be
> > the right debian port If am to use intel i3 ? .
> >
> > i have not yet bought the processor , so I would like to know whether
> > 32-bit processor or 64-bit processor is recommended given the fact
> > that I use only GNU/Linux based operating system .
> There's somewhat more software that runs on IA-32 than on x86_64.  The
> sorts of things that people find missing on x86_64 are:
> - Adobe Flash

Well at the moment 64bit flash is broken but it is possible to install
and use.  Flash on linux is in general rather bad though.

> - Possibly Skype
> - Third party things provided in binary form (e.g. - no sources)
> If you care about those sorts of applications a lot, then that should
> certainly influence your decision, probably towards 32 bit.
> If not, then there's still often not *strong* reason to prefer 64 bit
> - it's not vastly superior on all kinds of workloads, though there are
> considerable advantages for applications that can really use a lot of
> memory.

If you want to use more than 3GB ram efficiently, or get the most out
of your system, use 64bit.  For a bit less hassles, use 32bit.

Len Sorensen

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