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H_TeXMeX_H 02-05-2013 03:17 AM

Reasons you use 32-bit Slackware or not
 
Select all that apply, but choosing 64-bit only is exclusive.

psionl0 02-05-2013 04:03 AM

As usual I don't fit any of the categories.

I have Slackware 64 with multi-lib on my main PC and did the same on my SO's laptop. However, for my Dell INSPIRON Mini netbook, I decided to go for 32-bit Slackware (even though it has a 64-bit processor) and avoid the multi-lib hassles.

A lot of older software was written for 32-bit machines and compiling them on a 64-bit platform sometimes causes problems. Multi-lib usually works but sometimes . . .

mlangdn 02-05-2013 04:14 AM

I run on my main machine Slackware64-current. I have done this since AlienBob made this possible. That said, I do have a separate partition with Slackware64-current/Multilib just because of Steam. I have seriously considered going multilib with my main machine just to stop rebooting. Now this is where I get lazy not wanting to keep up with multilib on -current. :)

ponce 02-05-2013 04:14 AM

I've voted the first two but, to clarify, I go 32bit only if strictly needed (by hardware or software), I use mainly slackware64 on my workstations (sometimes with multilib) and servers.

H_TeXMeX_H 02-05-2013 04:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by psionl0 (Post 4884639)
As usual I don't fit any of the categories.

I have Slackware 64 with multi-lib on my main PC and did the same on my SO's laptop. However, for my Dell INSPIRON Mini netbook, I decided to go for 32-bit Slackware (even though it has a 64-bit processor) and avoid the multi-lib hassles.

A lot of older software was written for 32-bit machines and compiling them on a 64-bit platform sometimes causes problems. Multi-lib usually works but sometimes . . .

In that case you would select ' I'm too lazy to maintain 64-bit (possible multi-lib)'.

PrinceCruise 02-05-2013 04:27 AM

My reason, I still see myself using my old hardware(s) for next 5 years. Simple.

Regards.

stormbr 02-05-2013 07:56 AM

For a lot of small server machines 32 bits is the best, if not only , option.
In desktop machines 64 bits is a viable option in most, but not all, situations

sycamorex 02-05-2013 08:05 AM

My laptops/desktop: Pure 64-bit (no multilib) - this may change if I decide to set up Steam

Netbook: 32-bit

I haven't voted as I don't know which option it'll reflect.

H_TeXMeX_H 02-05-2013 08:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sycamorex (Post 4884728)
My laptops/desktop: Pure 64-bit (no multilib) - this may change if I decide to set up Steam

Netbook: 32-bit

I haven't voted as I don't know which option it'll reflect.

Why 32-bit for the netbook ? Select that answer.

audriusk 02-05-2013 08:34 AM

I have 32-bit only netbook and run virtual server with 512MB RAM, where 32-bit applications consume less memory.

samac 02-05-2013 09:03 AM

My computer is 64 bit so I use 64 bit, however I use wine for Quicken, I have yet to find a financial application for linux that will allow me to forward plan with recurring transactions, and output the information in a meaningful graph.

Oh wine is also superb for Oblivion and Fallout3.

samac

psionl0 02-05-2013 10:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by H_TeXMeX_H (Post 4884648)
In that case you would select ' I'm too lazy to maintain 64-bit (possible multi-lib)'.

It doesn't seem right to define myself by a netbook that I only use occasionally. I do lots of work on my PC including multi-lib support.

The netbook used to have Window$ 7 (history!!! :D) but the 32-bit version. I think that's what finally persuaded me to go that way.

hitest 02-05-2013 10:40 AM

Most of my Slackware boxes are 64 bit ready, but, they are a little older having only 2 GB RAM, so it is not really worth it to run 64 bit (performance-wise).

H_TeXMeX_H 02-05-2013 10:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by psionl0 (Post 4884815)
It doesn't seem right to define myself by a netbook that I only use occasionally. I do lots of work on my PC including multi-lib support.

The netbook used to have Window$ 7 (history!!! :D) but the 32-bit version. I think that's what finally persuaded me to go that way.

It's your choice, but mostly I want to find out why people still use 32-bit. They didn't want to make a poll in the other thread, so I made this to try get more info on why people still use 32-bit.

brianL 02-05-2013 10:57 AM

Reasons given in other thread, here:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...3/#post4883698


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