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Old 06-29-2006, 01:44 PM   #1
mrkawphy
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Alittle more information regaurding Fedora 64


Good Morning everyone, I am brand new to these forums as well as fairly new to Linux but am making a serious attempt at running it and learning it much more indepthly. I am mainly looking to get alittle more detailed information about Fedora 5 64.

I have it currently up and running on my AMD 4400+ X2 dual core and it seems to be running fine. I am so far just blindly crashing around the applications and trying to move away from the windows mindset of how things are access and done.

I am mostly looking to understand if I should install the Fedora 5 32bit version of the OS as opposed to the 64 bit. I do not really do anything overly CPU intensive except gaming but that will not come for awhile until I get much more familiar with linux in general.

From the research I have done so far I have found comments saying that if I was more into math applications and such I would find a huge increase in speed for those apps designed around the 64 bit arch. But I will also find issues running 32 bit applications in the 64 bit OS. I also read that I can install 32 bit libraries for backwards compatibility but I assume this is alittle advanced for someone just stepping into linux with little experience of the file systems and structures?

Anyways My point being is if those of you who have a strong understanding of the differences between the 64 and 32 bit version of Fedora could give me some feedback as to where you think I would most benefit from starting and some information as to the actual benefits and flaws I would be very grateful.

I expect to be making afew posts in here for awhile until I grasp things alittle more and will always try to dig up my own answers from faq's, how-to's, and general documentation available before asking questions here. Please feel free to add any useful feedback in general!

Thanks Dan.

**Edited for stupid grammar errors**

Last edited by mrkawphy; 06-29-2006 at 02:06 PM.
 
Old 06-29-2006, 02:33 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by mrkawphy

Anyways My point being is if those of you who have a strong understanding of the differences between the 64 and 32 bit version of Fedora could give me some feedback as to where you think I would most benefit from starting and some information as to the actual benefits and flaws I would be very grateful.

**Edited for stupid grammar errors**
The main difference between a 64 bit and 32 bit system is the architecture i.e. the way a machine is built. To put it simply, a 32-bit machine can process 32 bits (of data) at one time and a 64-bit system can process double that (i.e. 64). This would be one of the benefits.

You need to install a 64-bit OS if you have a 64-Bit architecture (ideally). Some applications will run faster and some slower. There is a huge debate about which architecture is better. You can read more here if you want:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/64-bit

Good luck and welcome to the world of Linux.
 
  


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