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Re: i386 or amd64?

On Sunday 13 July 2008 11:05:46 am you wrote:
> Hi,
> I am about to buy the mobo that Doug Tutty has: Asus M2N-SLI Deluxe,
> albeit with a more moderate AM2 processor: AMD Athlon X2 4050e 2.1GHz
> 45W 65nm Dual-Core.
> Question I have is what do I run on it, I would prefer restoring a
> current i386 system on it and then go on from there.
> So I found this:
> http://lists.debian.org/debian-amd64/2005/07/msg00311.html
> which lists 6 options:
> 1) Install i386 version and use that using 32bit kernel.
> 2) Install amd64 version and use that.
> 3) Install i386 with amd64 kernel package (i386 sarge includes that) and
> amd64-libs to allow running some 64bit programs and most 32bit
> (iptables/alsa-utils and other things that talk to some kernel
> interfaces have to be 64bit when used with a 64bit kernel I believe).
> 4) Install amd64 version and ia32-libs to allow running some 32bit
> programs and all 64bit.
> 5) Install i386 with an amd64 kernel package and a 64bit chroot to play
> with full 64bit stuff in. (I use this one at the moment).
> 6) Install amd64 with a i386 chroot to run 32bit packages in.
> I would prefer 1) but how does one do that?
> Hugo


go here:  http://www.debian.org/CD/http-ftp/ look at the links for the archs, 
select i386.  Install.  You are done.

Note:  I do not understand the reluctance of not using a 64bit OS at this 
time.  I do hear that java/flash are not yet fully working on 64bit, but I 
don't ever see any issues with it.  I do not code, perhaps this is where 
people see problems with it?  I don't know.  I run iceweasel/FF, have 
non-free flash, swfdec-mozilla, and I install Sun JRE (allthough right now I 
am using default-JRE as Sun is not installable for me in Sid as of 

For just browsing the web and doing web things, this has worked for at least a 
year, maybe two.

Just my two cents.  Get the installer image for i386 and that will be a 32bit 


Damon L. Chesser

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