For Blender, definitely. For multimedia processing and databases in general, yes. Unfortunately,64 bit Debian is not as advanced as Ubuntu when it comes to supporting 32 bit. I have been pulling my hairs out trying to install a 32 bit browser (which I need to make a recent java plug-in work). The only things that will work is Opera since that is available as a static package too. But all the rest - flock, netscape, firefox - no luck. The only option is building a 32 bit chroot but that is a waste of time, tricky, ugly and inconvenient. that being said, some 32 bit applications do work on 64 bit Debian if ones uses force-architecture. All in all, 64 bit Debian is OK but rather inflexible. Some applications will run a bit faster (about 40% in some cases) while other ones will suffer. It really depends on your needs.
Last edited by jay73; 02-02-2008 at 01:16 PM.