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jeremy 08-28-2013 12:35 PM

Which Linux Architecture Do You Use?
The last two semi-official LQ polls have over 600 and 300 votes, respectively. As mentioned in this thread, we plan to make these polls a regular occurrence at LQ. Next up, which is your preferred Linux Architecture?


ozar 08-28-2013 12:53 PM

Been using 64-bit for a number of years now and doing just fine with it... no reason that I can see to downgrade.

H_TeXMeX_H 08-28-2013 01:26 PM

The poll is multiple choice, but I currently only use x86_64, and don't plan on using anything else any time soon.

jeremy 08-28-2013 01:31 PM


Originally Posted by H_TeXMeX_H (Post 5017638)
The poll is multiple choice, but I currently only use x86_64, and don't plan on using anything else any time soon.

While you can select more than one entry, there is no requirement that you do so.


schneidz 08-28-2013 01:40 PM

i selected x86-64... does android count. if so i should've selected arm as well.

szboardstretcher 08-28-2013 02:04 PM

From the current results,.. i would guess that there are a majority of ServerAdmins @_64, and Pi/Android @ARM users.

brianL 08-28-2013 02:20 PM

x86_64 on desktop, x86_32 on laptop and netbook, ARM on Raspberry Pis.

johnsfine 08-28-2013 02:28 PM

I got rid of my last use of x86-32 Linux just in time for clicking just one architecture in this poll.


Originally Posted by brianL (Post 5017661)
If at first you don't succeed, read the instructions.

Too impatient! I will stick with the more traditional:

When all else fails, read the instructions.

suicidaleggroll 08-28-2013 04:10 PM

x86_64 on all of my main Linux machines (desktops, servers, laptops, etc). ARM for embedded devices (Gumstix, CuBox, etc)

sycamorex 08-28-2013 04:47 PM

Desktop + 2 laptops = 64
Netbook = 32
Raspberry Pi = Arm

matrixworld 08-28-2013 07:32 PM

My vote is ARM for the android device and x86_32 for my distros.

lleb 08-30-2013 11:42 PM

i also run a Raspberry Pi, i believe the chipset is ARM for the RPi, and an Android phone. So thats two extra votes for ARM in addition to my 86_64 for server and workstations.

1 Server 86_64
3 laptops 86_64
1 notebook i686
1 Android ARM
*maybe* 1 workstation 86_64, currently running win7 for specific applications not supported in Wine.
2 iMacs OSx 86_64 (BSD kernel)
1 MacBook OSx 86_64 (BSD kernel)
1 ea iPhone, iPod, iPad all BSD kernel running ARM chips.

Cyberjackal 08-31-2013 02:20 PM

Main desktop, secondary desktops, & work laptop --> x86_64
home laptop & 2 dedicated servers --> x86_32
HTC One Android smartphone --> ARM

itsgregman 08-31-2013 02:58 PM

I have 6 systems in my home four of which are 64 and two are 32 bit.

I still tend to run 32 bit versions of distros simply for the stability and compatibility they still have over their 64 bit versions. I do run several 64 bit distros for testing and haven't seen much of a performance increase when compared to their 32 bit versions, additionally in many distros recompiling the software in the repos to 64 bit is lagging behind, so while most of the software the devs feel is most important has been ported over, some you feel is crucial may not be, and may not be anytime soon.

I'm sure in a year or two I'll switch over but at the moment it seems the benefit of the 64 bit versions are generally outweighed by the drawbacks.

J.Doran 08-31-2013 03:54 PM

I voted "x86_64", but I might not be eligible to vote, since I only downloaded and tried it today (Mint Linux 15, and it worked no problem, I downloaded the .ISO file, used a Windows program called "Universal-USB-Installer-" to transfer it to an SD card, and by changing the Boot Order in the BIOS of my laptop, managed to boot straight away into the Linux installation on the card.

I'm new to Linux, so I can't really judge Mint Linux, but for a total beginner it boots flawlessly, and doesn't ask any (seemingly cryptic) technical questions before it gets to the desktop.

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