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Hi, I'm new in Linux and my first Linux distribution is Debian, but I have a question. Mi laptop is Acer Aspire 5538 and my processor is:
AMD Turion 64 X2 processor L510 (1.60Ghz), which one is better? i386 or AMD 64. If I install i386 with my processor, is that wrong? or I must use Debian AMD 64 because of my processor? What problem can I have? Thank you.
There are a lot of existing threads about 64 bit vs. 32 bit.
The only practical consideration has to do with memory. If you have 2GB or less, say, it doesn't matter which you install. If you have 4GB or more, just install the 64-bit version. So, either way, the 64 bit version will work. Why not just install that?
Well for one, you won't be able to run 64-bit binaries, which are quite common.
But equally or more importantly, you'll probably be missing some memory. The situation will only get worse if you decided to add more memory. That is, unless you install a PAE (Physical Address Extension) kernel. But I wouldn't bother with all of this.
As nearly every computer made/built in the last year or two (ignoring netbooks and some laptops) has 4GB or more of RAM, there's really very little reason to be installing any 32-bit Linux OS in this day and age, unless specifically required for some reason. The incompatibility problems from 15 years ago are all but gone, just about any problem you run into these days can be solved by installing the 32-bit version of the required libraries in addition to the 64-bit version, which takes no more than a minute.
64-bit Linux is nice and stable, and has been used regularly on normal machines for the better part of a decade. It's nothing like 64-bit Windows, which didn't go mainstream until maybe 2009, if not later, and even in 2011 still has some significant incompatibility problems.
Last edited by suicidaleggroll; 12-05-2011 at 12:11 PM.