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Re: Bug#677519: installation-reports: 32 or 64 bit?

On Fri, Jun 15, 2012 at 12:30:58AM +0200, Bernhard Kuemel wrote:
> That list may show the user which option they have, but still no guide
> which to choose. I was more thinking about something like this:
> http://jeffhoogland.blogspot.co.at/2010/08/32-bit-vs-64-bit-linux-which-to-choose.html
> There's a long debate in the comments below the article. It doesn't seem
> to be an easy question - 32 or 64 bit. But some facts will hopefully
> help users to make a decisions - such as this or that does or does not
> work with 64 bit or speed is only affected in certain situations. Some
> things, such as compatibility, do, of course, change with time, so if
> the Installation Guide is too static to include such things maybe a
> pointer to a wiki page or IRC channel might help.
> I will reinstall debian on two machines and the server machine doesn't
> support 64 bit, so that's an easy decision. But for my desktop ... I'm
> still not decided.

To some extent it doesn't matter much anymore.  You can install a 64bit
kernel even if you install 32bit debian and get a lot of the benefit of
64 bit that way.

Also with multiarch support coming in wheezy (as far as I know), when
you upgrade to wheezy the choice doesn't even matter anymore since you
can then do both.

Len Sorensen

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