[PLUG] 64-bit Linux - Is it worth the switch ?

Kunal Thakar kunalt at gmail.com
Tue Jan 20 07:29:36 PST 2009


On Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 9:57 AM, Devendra Laulkar
<devendralaulkar at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
>
>> Nah.. 64 bit linux is always faster, no matter how much RAM you have. Personal
>> experience. It boots faster, works faster and GUI is noticebly snappy compared
>> to 32 bit versions. Dual boot it for some days and you will have cobwebs
>> around your neck when using 32 bit OS.
>>
>
> May I enquire which processor and Distro you have found this to be
> true ? I had checked few 64 bit distros a couple of years back on a
> AMD Turion processor, and the 32 bit distro outperformed the 64 bit  -
> esp in terms of GUI snappiness.
>
> -Devendra.
>
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Back when I tried 64 bit, I also had problems with playing videos
(w32codecs not being available on 64 bit IIRC). Is that still a
problem? My experience with non-Adobe flash has been very poor so far
and unless things have drastically improved recently, I would not
recommend 64 bit (assuming youtube,etc is important for you).

Kunal



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