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Old 06-19-2014, 02:53 PM   #1
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i386 or x86_64

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I am using Intel Core i5-2430 M CPU, RAM 4 GB, 64 bit OS laptop. I wanna try SL6x.

Should i download i386 version or x86_64 version cd/dvd ?

For 32 bit OS, which version linux cd/dvd (i386 or X86_64) to be downloaded ??

Old 06-19-2014, 02:58 PM   #2
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Either one will work on your hardware, and there's no clear advantage to one over the other since you only have 4 GB RAM (even if you did, the advantages are not ground-breaking).

i386 is 32-bit and x86_64 is 64-bit.
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Really in a no mans land. You will get excellent replies as to why one is better than the other.

The only reason I'd suggest one over the other may be for driver or application support. Maybe future ram upgrade?

As above, your choice or start with the i386.

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On a machine like that I would always go for 64 bit (x86_64). There is no reason to use 32 bit anymore, except you really have some exotic or old hardware without 64 bit drivers. 32 bit software will run just fine on a 64 bit system, if necessary, in the meantime you will use your CPU to its fullest extent. 64 bit distribution are in general better optimized for modern CPUs.


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