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Old 05-19-2006, 09:44 AM   #1
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32 bit or 64 bit install - is 32 bit easier for a newbie?

Do 32 bit linux distro's have better support (ie drivers for devices etc etc) than 64 bit distro's and would it make sense for a newbie to stick to 32 bit. I have a new Acer laptop with a 64 bit AMD Turon, 1Gb RAM and 100Gb HDD.
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Yes. For the time being 32-bit distros are definitely easier and more complete for newbies.
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I have both 32bit and 64bit installed, and I cannot tell any difference in either the install or the usage. The 64bit seems to handle memory a little better and is a little faster. You should know, though, that there are a few things not yet available in 64bit, like flash player for firefox (though you can install a 32bit version in your home folder if its important.)

I don't think it really matters if you are a typical desktop user.

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Great advice and much appreciated. I'll go the 32 bit route, at least initially!


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