Re: 32-bit with bigmem or 64-bit debian, which is better?
>> My hardware is Presario CQ40-115AU
>> It have AMD Turion X2 processor, 4 GiB RAM (2 X 2 GiB)
I have 2 similar boxes, one running 686-bigmem and one running amd64.
>> Since 32 bit Debian have more packages I'm thinking of going back to 32-bit
>> with bigmem kernel. The questions are:
I don't use any of the packages that exist on one but not on the other,
so I can't help you there. I'd generally recommend to stay away from
such packages, tho.
>> Does running 64-bit debian will boost the performance compared to 32-bit on
>> my machine?
I doubt you'll notice any difference. But if you do, it could go either
way, depending on what you do.
>> Will it hinder (using bigmem kernel) my work which mostly related to
>> virtualization using virtualbox?
>> Any other pros and cons?
I use the 686-bigmem at home mostly so that it uses the exact same
packages as my other machines (makes a difference because I use
a caching proxy).
> I would go for a 32 bit Debian system with a 64-bit kernel. (I have
> sometimes problems with certain `flashy' web sites or digitally
> restricted pdfs on my amd64 system).
I've tried that several times, but always end up coming back to
686-bigmem because there are still incompatibilities between a 64bit
kernel and 32bit userland (e.g. last time I tried, uswsusp didn't