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Re: 32 or 64 bits for the end user.

Don't worry about it. Been using amd64 for a few years and had really no problems user wise. I did install ia32 libs in addition to the normal 64 bit libs and it has caused no probs. Had used Lenny for a few years, then the new version came out, Squeeze and since back when I had been using 32 bit, before I moved to 64 because of a mtbd change, I had been with testing all the time w. no real problems, I went this time, jumped squeeze and am using wheezy 64 bit. And am having no real user problems except as everyone has mentioned, linux does have some difficulty getting the most current video codecs and drivers. Hey, I was on Veoh the other day and they want you to download an .exe file, M$ only I guess. Oh well. Yes there are some videos I can't see but for most things a normal user would use it's fine. HTH's


On 03/22/2011 02:14 PM, Hendrik Boom wrote:
On Tue, Mar 22, 2011 at 10:03:04AM +1100, Sam Varghese wrote:
On Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 04:55:34PM -0600 Jaime Ochoa Malagón said:
On Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 9:35 AM, Hendrik Boom<hendrik@topoi.pooq.com>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?

I think you could use it for an end user...

Really few problems right now just try...
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I have been using the 64-bit port since March 2006. Flash was not
available at the time. I must point out that I am a user who enjoys the
benefits that Debian brings and am thus prepared to put up with a few

Flash stopped being a problem at least two years ago - I could be wrong
there, it may be even longer than that. I have no reason to regret my
choice of using the 64-bit port. And, I may add, I am a non-technical user.
Thanks.  I'm a technical user myself, so it's essential I get advice
from a non-technical user before I subject my wife to it.

-- hendrik.

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