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Old 10-21-2008, 11:17 AM   #1
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32- or 64-bit version for desktop use?

Hello everyone,

I've been using 32-bit OpenSuse from version 10.1 and tried 32-bit version of Ubuntu 7.10.
Few weeks ago I updated my PC and then installed x86_64 OpenSuse 11.0. Now it makes me wonder is 11.0 just so clumsy or is it because of 64-bit?

I've problems after problems when configuring media software to my linux.
Example; VLC-player just does not work even if I've installed it and all it's depencies from VLC repositories through Yast.
and error codes does not help me to solve this even by using Google.

I did not have any similar problems with 32-bit versions of OpenSuse nor Ubuntu.

So... My linux buddies
What is your opinion?
Does 64-bit versions do well in Desktop/Media purpose

Old 10-21-2008, 11:27 AM   #2
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Unless you have more than 4GB of RAM, a 64 bit kernel serves no purpose. And as you've already seen, 64 bit is not yet well supported. You would need to run most programs at 32 bit, anyway.
Old 10-21-2008, 12:51 PM   #3
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Maybe you should use the Packman VLC repo - I do and I have no problems

And how is 64bit clumsy if the only app you have problems with is VLC? I have the following installed in 11.0 64bit with no problems - MPlayer, VLC, Kaffeine and Smplayer.
Old 10-21-2008, 04:10 PM   #4
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Thanks for the tip.
I'll try re-installing VLC by using that repository.

Of course, I would like to take advance of my 64-bit CPU by using 64-bit OS and software.
Old 10-21-2008, 08:56 PM   #5
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General consensus:

1) If it ain't broke, don't fix it (ie, why use 64bit if 32bit works perfectly?)
2) If you're not doing heavy number crunching, you probably don't need 64bit (see #3).
3) If you have 4GB or less RAM, you don't need 64bit (see #2).


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