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Re: i386 or amd64?

Damon L. Chesser wrote:
On Sunday 13 July 2008 11:05:46 am you wrote:

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:


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?



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 yesterday).

The only reluctance is time: to get an i386 system off the ground I just restore, to get an amd64 system installed takes 3 days because I am on a dialup modem.


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