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View Poll Results: 32-bit or 64-bit?
32 only 2 10.00%
64 only 4 20.00%
I use both regularly 14 70.00%
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Old 05-18-2018, 04:34 AM   #16
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Most of the time, I do not know, what I am using. Nothing spectacular about address-widths, these days... For me, there were a lot of boasts and claims, once, and afterwards ... nothing.

I had replaced Os2 Warp3 against WFW for the same reason.

Yeah. It's cool. Go ahead.
 
Old 05-18-2018, 05:18 AM   #17
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When Slackware 32 bit support ends I'm going to have to buy a new notebook for my travel computer.
I imagine with Slackware, 32-bit support will continue for some time to come. I would imagine at least 15.x will see support.

See:

https://www.linuxquestions.org/quest...re-4175620102/

EDIT: I don't think anything definitive came of that thread. Pat hasn't intimated anything about ending support.

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Old 05-18-2018, 06:12 AM   #18
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I imagine with Slackware, 32-bit support will continue for some time to come. I would imagine at least 15.x will see support...
Even ignoring 15, I think support for 14.2 will outlast my older hardware.

I wasn't complaining about having to replace hardware, just saying that end of 32 bit support will only change the way I use one computer out of six (or seven, when/if I buy a new notebook).
 
Old 05-18-2018, 06:53 AM   #19
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It's an interesting question as well as some interesting responses (not meaning that in a bad way).

I was wondering pretty much the same myself. Personally, while I can understand using 32-bit if your machine just isn't up to it/it's only a 32-bit machine, personally, I see no reason as to why you would run a 32-bit system on a machine that's 64-bit anyway. I can see at least some merit in using 32-bit VM's, particularly as dugan points out, they would use less resources (memory, processor, etc - namely memory/RAM) than 64-bit systems do.

The last time I can even remember having a 32-bit system installed on any medium was somewhere around 2007/8. I can't quite remember exactly what year I switched to 64-bit software, but I do remember that it was around the same time when most distro's either didn't have a 64-bit version available or they where only just beginning to release 64-bit versions.

I know PCLinuxOS didn't have a 64-bit version until sometime after most other distro's - and yes I know it's one of the smaller distro's as far as it's userbase in concerned.
 
Old 05-18-2018, 08:59 AM   #20
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The last time I can even remember having a 32-bit system installed on any medium was somewhere around 2007/8. I can't quite remember exactly what year I switched to 64-bit software, but I do remember that it was around the same time when most distro's either didn't have a 64-bit version available or they where only just beginning to release 64-bit versions.
All 8 of my laptops are from that time-frame. I purchased my Sony new in 2007, it ran Vista. My T43 ran XP but the rest are all 64bit machines I got off ebay that ran Vista or Win7 and the latest made in 2008. It's what I prefer to run, I already have at least one rant as to why so won't go into it again.

I don't think FreeBSD or OpenBSD have any plans to drop support for i386 anytime soon.
 
Old 05-18-2018, 10:12 AM   #21
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That eeepc is 32-bit only. Intel Atom N270:
https://ark.intel.com/products/36331...Hz-533-MHz-FSB

Even with maximum RAM (2 GB), and an SSD fitted, it's still a slow little bugger.
But it's small, light, and rather cute.
 
Old 05-19-2018, 02:29 PM   #22
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Yes, I do but not frequently, had two Linux systems, with xp on both, so a dual boot. Removed them, and I decided to install copy of lite again on one of them, thought why not. Of course these systems are old both dell systems, and the one I installed the lite on has two packed up capacitors, how ever the drive is working fine considering it is from March 2002.The pentium 4 on that is 3.00GHZ, so it is better for speed, since the system is a GX270 small form factor, the drive heats up over time, that old computer wasn't designed for air flow.
 
Old 05-19-2018, 08:02 PM   #23
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Yes, I do but not frequently, had two Linux systems, with xp on both, so a dual boot. Removed them, and I decided to install copy of lite again on one of them, thought why not. Of course these systems are old both dell systems, and the one I installed the lite on has two packed up capacitors, how ever the drive is working fine considering it is from March 2002.The pentium 4 on that is 3.00GHZ, so it is better for speed, since the system is a GX270 small form factor, the drive heats up over time, that old computer wasn't designed for air flow.
The airflow in the old Dells was abysmal. I had a Dell Inspiron back in the mid 2000s which I installed a new gfx card in. I lived in a large semi-detached house back then, and I spent a lot of time downstairs while my mum was in another part of it. One summer she came running downstairs to find out what was making so much noise. It was the fan on the gfx card during a long Painkiller session - that box retained a lot of heat.
 
  


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