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Old 05-21-2007, 11:12 AM   #1
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64bit version or 32bit version

I'm doubting about wich version i would take in fedora core 6, I'm new to linux but, windows xp64bit version has a big disadvantage like the software incompatibilty, is that the same on linux or should I take the 64bit version? Just to know I did this test and fedora, suse and ubuntu were the best for me (test on internet), fedora looks the best to me, is this a recommeded distro to choose as nebie to linux, I read a couple of tutorials about how installing usin yum and it seems fun to me installing in a turminal unlikely windows

It would be a big help if you answered especially on the x64 or x86 question. I also would appreciate if someone could tell me if this indeed is a good startng distro.

Kind greets,
Old 05-21-2007, 12:17 PM   #2
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Welcome to Linux!!!

64-bit Linux is really nice, but does have a few draw backs still. Mostly with third party stuff, Adobe flash and reader applications along with some other things (no 64-bit support yet). Some (like me) choose to run the 32-bit versions of fireox and mplayer as a workaround to these minor issues.

By default getting the 32-bit versions installed are not hard, one just needs to specify the version. With firefox one removes the 64-bit versin and installs the 32-bit version;

yum remove firefox
yum install firefox.i386

For mplayer (nice for watching videos on the Internet and locally) one again specifies after adding a third party repo like ( );

yum install mplayer.i386 mplayerplug-in.i386

The mplayerplug-in works with firefox and mplayer so one can watch Internet videos.

The choice is yours, many use the 32-bit version and many use the 64-bit version. if you are just starting out then the 32-bit version is the better of the two choices. Any of the Linux versions you mentioned are god for beginners. Since you like fedora Core best then use it, myself I prefer the more stable choices of RHEL or CentOS. Both are almost exactly like Fedora Core except they are more for stability instead of leading edge, CentOS is a freely available version of RHEL. Both RHEL5 and CentOS5 are based on the work done for Fedora Core 6.

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Old 05-21-2007, 01:02 PM   #3
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You can use nspluginwrapper to use the 32 bit plugins for your browser so the biggest disadvantage to using 64 bit is taken care of.

If you have a 64 bit processor then install the 64 bit version. You can easily work around any minor problems.


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