Transitioning to 64bit, is it worth it, and how
I have a Core2 Duo on which I am running a 686 kernel (from Debian
unstable). It has 1GB of memory
I am wondering two things
a) What are the pros and cons in switching to 64 bit mode?
- Is it faster?
- Are the packages less stable?
- Does it need significantly more memory?
- Can I use 32 bit apps from the repository if I have problems with an
identically named one in the 64 bit repository (with pinning maybe)
b) Is there a simple transition path?
- Is there any howto?
- My current unstable repository seems to have a 64 bit kernel - do I
just install that and then change where my sources.list points>