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Ok that helped alot. So far i like the look of mint alot, especially if it runs ubuntu software fine. Are machins actully noticeable faster in linux? The system i'm building is a cheap (sub $200) rebuild of an old dell, basicly swaping the guts out with an athlon ii x3 some ram and a mobo with a radoen 4250 igpu. Ok, now, 32 bit or 64 bit?
 
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as far as speed goes, it depends on your machine and what version of linux you are running. steer away from the newer shells for speed, you might even want to try xfce or gnome 3-2d. alot of programs do have a quicker loading time in ubuntu than windows 7, but its also different programs, so hard to tell. firefox loads about the same for me. x64 if you have 3 or more gb of ram. also be prepared that linux doesnt have the windows mouse acceleration, so games might feel abit awkward at first.
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Linux is less demanding on hardware and less of a memory hog in general, so yes, it does a run a bit faster, especially on older machines. That processor supports 64-bit so you should always go for 64-bit.
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Yeah im buying 8gbs of ram so 64 bit i guess. Will picking 64bit limit my choices of software?
 
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Yeah im buying 8gbs of ram so 64 bit i guess. Will picking 64bit limit my choices of software?

32/64bit doesn't matter as much in Linux as it does Windows. And no, 64bit won't limit you much, aside from a native flash player.
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But i can just install a 64bit flash player, right?
 
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No, it'll be a 32bit one tongue.gif
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that's wrong... the 64 bit libflashplayer.so works fine in chromium (and probably also firefox .. but really who still uses that anyway).

http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/otherversions/
Edited by lloyd mcclendon - 2/5/12 at 4:32pm
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Ok to night ill be burning linux mint ubuntu kubuntu and debian to live discs.. Is there any others i should try?
 
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you can also run those from usb (provided motherboard allows this) to save discs... and ubuntu can be tried from web to save download times and such. Debian is also moderately popular compared to the others, and Ultimate Edition seems to be like others, but with more preinstalled software.

after you get a bit more accustomed to the linux environment, check out http://livecdlist.com/ for some other options. most can be run from a usb stick, so besides download time, they wont cost you anything to take em for a test drive.
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