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Re: 32 or 64 bits for the end user.

On 03/21/2011 10:35 AM, Hendrik Boom wrote:
Yet again the 32 vs 64 bit question.

I have Debian systems at home running 32 bits, and my server has been
running happily in 64-bit mode fopr years.  Now I get to install debian
for an end-user on another AMD-64 machine.  64-bit mode is tempting, but:

Are there still significant end-user problems for 64-bit Debian?  The
machine has nvidia graphics on the motherboard (I believe).  My user is
likely to want to use flash, which has always been a problem in Linux,
but ... Is it still even more of a problem in 64-bit mode?

Any other likely end-user problems?

Been using 64-bit Sid for about 2 years.

64-bit Iceweasel 3.5.17 (in Sid) works great with Flash 10.2r152, but v4.0 (b12 thru rc2 from Experimental, confirmed w/ Mozilla FF) has some "inconsistencies" with Flash. The 32 bit IW and FF 4.0 beta and rc versions have no such problems.

Of course, they happen to be on (some) sites that I want to use...

So, when I reinstall Sid in the next few days (boot device is old and spitting out SMART errors), I'm going to install 32-bits. Once stabilized with the nvidia drivers, I'll probably try a 64 bit kernel to get a larger memory space for my processes (and to be cool).


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