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Old 08-20-2006, 03:29 PM   #1
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Question 64 bit linux - confused about 32 bit apps


i have a SuSE 9 32-bit PDC running nicely

it serves up gallery2 via XAMMP and acts as a fileserver to the LAN (mixed XP and linux clients.) i also use iFolders in some cases

i have an AMD 64-bit machine coming free and i want to upgrade the server to 64 bit SuSE 10.1

now this may sound like a super lame question .......

but .....

if i install the 64-bit SuSE (to get a boost in fileserver performance), does that mean that any of the other 3rd party apps i want to use (say gallery or XAMMP or iFolders or whatever) need to be 64 bit too ?

or can i install 32-bit apps on a 64-bit server and 'just' get 32-bit performance ?

i take it as read i can install an x86 distro on an AMD64 though - right ?



(in case you were wondering !!)
Old 08-20-2006, 07:15 PM   #2
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Most all good 32 bit applications should run as a 32 bit application even through a 64 bit processor. But software is one man's language vs another's language so a caveat will apply.
Old 08-21-2006, 01:43 AM   #3
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OK - that's reassuring

i'll 'suck it and see' with the precompiled stuff and i could always compile from source if i get stuck



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