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Old 04-22-2010, 02:21 PM   #1
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Choosing Linux dist - what is my system architecture?


I am trying to decide which version of Linux to install and in looking at differences I see that not all are suitable for all system architectures.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compari...ecture_support

The 3 common ones seem to be IA-32, x86-64, IA-64

I am not sure where to find which one my laptop uses.

I have 2 laptops I am thinking of for linux, one is a Sony Vaio PCG 61111m and the other a Sony vaio VGN FE31Z.

Does it equate to the processor or something else?
 
Old 04-22-2010, 02:31 PM   #2
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The main decision to be made is 64-bit vs 32-bit. You can look up your specs on sony website. OR: (In Windows) open "my Computer" and then system properties.

If you are in the tryout stage, note that 32-bit Linux will work on all of those archtitectures.
 
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Old 04-22-2010, 03:01 PM   #3
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system architecture

I look in system properties and on the sont site, but I cant see mention of if it is 32 or 64 bit, it says the processor speed and and disc space & ram etc, however I am pretty sure that my new laptop
Sony Vaio VPCCW1Z4E is 64bit and that my old VGNFE31Z is 32 bit.

I have googled system architecture, but must be tired because i cant get my head round it, but looking at download pages for dist their are usually just the 2 choices, 32 or 64, I think that Wikipedia comparison table blew my mind a bit....I didnt even realise there were so many different versions of Linux...
 
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What's the machine's processor?
 
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Old 04-22-2010, 04:30 PM   #5
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processor

The new machine has an Intel Core 2 Duo (P7450) 2.13GHz 3MB (L2 Cache)

The older machine has an Intel core 2 duo T5600 1.83GHZ

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Old 04-22-2010, 07:25 PM   #6
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I am sure you don't have an IA system.


You can try the x88-64's. But basically if you have less than 4 gig or ram you ought to just get x86 or sometimes called 586 or 686 distro's.

Good news is you should "try" linux before you install it. Almost every top distribution of linux offers a Live CD/DVD.

A live cd is a cd you download or buy. You boot the computer so that it boots to the cd/dvd. The linux will start up and run so that it resembles what you already know about windows type gui's.

You can also make live usb flash drives that are much faster.
 
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Old 04-22-2010, 08:01 PM   #7
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The new machine has an Intel Core 2 Duo (P7450) 2.13GHz 3MB (L2 Cache)

The older machine has an Intel core 2 duo T5600 1.83GHZ
Each of the T5600 and P7450 can run your choice of two architectures: IA-32 or X86_64. Neither can run IA-64.

IA-32 is the common 32 bit Linux architecture also known as X86 and often known by related architecture names, such a i686.

X86_64 is the common 64 bit Linux architecture also known as AMD64.

Linux supports many other architectures, several of which are 32 bit or 64 bit. But those two are so common now that if a distribution just gives you a two way choice of 32 bit or 64 bit, it means those two (IA-32 or X86_64).

Which of IA-32 or X86_64 would be better for you to choose is a complex question, and the answer isn't that important. They will do the same things, probably with only a slight difference in performance.
 
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Old 04-22-2010, 08:27 PM   #8
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If you aren't running 4 or more GB of RAM, there's probably no reason to install a 64 bit OS. There can be a slight performance gain in some istances when using 64 bits, but if you are intending the machine for casual use, or just for experimenting, and you have less that 4GB RAM, there is probably little reason to install a 64 bit OS.
 
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